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1 Vol. 23, No. 8 Kenner s Community Newspaper Since 1991 AUGUST 2014 New Kenner Council elects new officers On July 1, 2014, the new Kenner City Council was installed. Inaugurated were Division A Councilwoman-at-large Maria C. DeFrancesch, Division B Councilman-at-large Keith A. Conley, District 1 Councilman Gregory W. Carroll, District 2 Councilman Michael G. Sigur, District 3 Councilman Keith M. Reynaud, District 4 Councilman Leonard J. Cline and District 5 Councilman Dominick F. Impastato, III. All will serve four-year terms ending on June 30, At its first meeting on July 11, 2014, the council elected DeFrancesch as its president. DeFrancesch succeeds retiring Jeannie Black who previously held the Councilwoman-at-large, Division B seat. Carroll was elected to serve the next six months as council vice president. Carroll succeeds outgoing Councilwoman-at-large Michele Branigan, Division A. DeFrancesch and Carroll will serve for six months. The Kenner City Council serves as the city s legislative body, with the power to enact all ordinances and resolutions. The council is also responsible for providing its residents with the latest and most accurate information regarding all city Maria DeFrancesch, Kenner Council President Gregory W. Carroll, Kenner Council Vice President of Kenner business and events. The Kenner City Council is governed by the Home Rule Charter of the city of Kenner. The Kenner City Council meets in the council chamber at Kenner City Hall on the first and third Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. The agenda for each council meeting is prepared by Council Clerk Natalie Hall at noon on the Monday prior to each council meeting. The council s August meetings are scheduled for August 7 and 21. Kenner s elected officials inaugurated on July 1, 2014 All officials for the city of Kenner were inaugurated into office at the Pontchartrain Center on July 1, 2014 to start their four year terms. Front row: Division A Councilwoman-at-large Maria DeFrancesch, Mayor Michael S. Yenni, Police Chief Michael Glaser and Division B Councilman-at-large Keith Conley. Back row: District 5 Councilman Dominick Impastato, District 4 Councilman Leonard Cline, District 3 Councilman Keith Reynaud, District 2 Councilman Mike Sigur and District 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll. Photo by Barry Sprague Kenner Fire Department retains elite Class 2 fire rating The city of Kenner has retained its Class 2 fire rating, joining only 32 other departments in the state and ensuring that Kenner businesses and residents will continue to save money on insurance, Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni announced last month. There are 605 fire departments throughout the state that are rated every five years by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana. The ratings are based on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being the best possible score. Only four departments in Louisiana have a Class 1 rating, according to Blaine Rabe, Public Protection Division Manager for PIAL. This is wonderful news because it is difficult to meet the many requirements necessary to qualify for a Class 2 rating, Yenni said. I want to congratulate Chief John Hellmers and the dedicated firefighters in the department. However, even though a Class 2 rating is excellent, it is still my goal for Kenner to achieve a Class 1 rating. While recognizing the city s fiscal restraints, we will work toward that goal. Rabe said the organization s evaluation is extensive and is based on three main areas which include communications, water supply and the fire department itself. There are three sub-topics for communications and water supply and eight or nine sub-topics for the fire department. You re talking about the number of dispatchers and firefighters, what types of apparatus the department has, ongoing training and the pressure in hydrants throughout the city, Rabe said, listing only a few of the items analyzed during the evaluation. Kenner s fire department includes 95 employees. Four are dispatchers, one is an inspector and 89 are involved in fire suppression, said Kenner Fire Chief John Hellmers. The city has six fire stations. I do believe it is feasible for Kenner to reach page 21 The Kenner Star enters 23rd year as city s community newspaper In August 2014 the Kenner Star, Kenner s only hometown newspaper, enters into its 23rd year of publication. Candy Lovitt, managing editor and marketing director, said, The Kenner Star is a free newspaper and has always been dedicated to and reported on local community, civic, charitable and governmental events in Kenner and also on the city s progress over the last 22 years. Our method of distribution, mailed free monthly to every registered voter household in Kenner, circulation almost 20,000, is very unique. We are able to provide a free newspaper because of the advertisers that support the Kenner Star each month. I want to sincerely thank those loyal advertisers who continue to help us make Kenner s only local community newspaper possible to Kenner residents. And to our loyal readers, who have responded so positively to the Kenner Star, we will continue to provide community news, government updates and information that is enlightening and interesting each month. The Kenner Star is a community newspaper and we have local business owners and professionals contribute columns each month providing our page 21 Citizens advisory committee named to assist in code enforcement issues By Allan Katz Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni has appointed 11 Kenner residents to the code enforcement advisory committee to work with the city s inspections and code department as Kenner ramps up its fight against blight and code enforcement violations in its Kenner Parks & Recreation Fall 2014 Leisure Service Programs See center pull-out section page 23

2 2 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R Two Great Locations In Kenner SAINTS LSU TULANE Football Party Catering Call ahead to order Buffalo wings, chicken tenders, jambalaya, mini po-boys, mini muffalettas,wraps, etoufee, pasta, salads, boiled shrimp, meatballs, dips, pastries Open 7 Days Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 3501 Chateau Blvd Everyday 6:45 am - 10 pm W. Esplanade Mon - Sat 6:30-3 pm Sun 7:00 to 2 pm 2201 Williams Blvd. (NEXT DOOR TO ICE HOUSE, CORNER OF 22ND STREET) Monday - Saturday 7 am - 8 pm Sunday 8 am - 8 pm Low Gas Prices Cigarettes Beer Miller Lite Bud Now open Deli Bud Lite Coors Lite TheIceHouse 2151 Williams Blvd. (RIGHT BEHIND CAR WASH) Monday - Thursday 7 am - 6 pm Friday and Saturday 7 am - 7 pm Sunday 8 am - 5 pm Fourth Annual Kenner Wine and Food Event 100 different wines Cuisines from top local restaurants 12 Seasons, Acme Oyster House, Andrea s, Bravo!, Brisbi s Lakefront Restaurant & Bar, Café Du Monde, Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant, Chateau Golf & Country Club, Chateau Pub, Copeland s of New Orleans, Deanie s Seafood, Desi Vega s Steakhouse, Dorignac s Food Center, Drago s Seafood Restaurant, Gambino s Bakery, LaBella s Catering & Deli, Messina s, Mr. Ed s Restaurant, Mr. John s Steakhouse, Pascal Manale s Restaurant, Restaurant Cypress, Ruth s Chris Steak House & Zea Rotisserie & Grill Proceeds go to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, who is improving Louisiana in a variety of ways and provides support to the education, health and social welfare of the children in the community. Sponsored by Chateau Golf and Country Club, Kipper s Communications, Treasure Chest Casino, First Bank and Trust, Guffey Insurance, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni, Magnolia Foundation and Nicoll s Limousines. Thursday, October 2, :30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Limited tickets available online at or at Chateau Country Club main office Entertainment by Groovy 7. Poolside, Dressy Casual s Tickets $75 per person $90 at the door

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6 6 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R from The Editor Rivertown revitalization is good news for city of Kenner By Allan Katz Been to Rivertown lately? There s plenty of good news coming from Kenner s historic district these days. The farmer s market has been a tremendous success. The vendors love bringing their fresh produce to Kenner and especially love ringing up sales. City folks, not just from Kenner but all the surrounding areas as well, feel really good about buying fresh produce. It s a good deal all around and seems to give everyone who is involved positive feelings. I just happen to be a fan of the farmer s market. It s open on the first and third Saturday of each month. There is a lot more going on in Rivertown today. And there is plenty of credit to go around for the revival of what was at one time beginning to look somewhat like a ghost town. That is no longer true. Much of the credit goes to Mayor Michael S. Yenni. It s really been mostly his vision that has brought Rivertown back. At the same time, there is plenty of credit to go around. District 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll is on board and supportive. Julie Cantrell, president of the Rivertown Merchants and Business Association, has been a terrific leader for 11 years. She s seen many false starts for the revitalization of Rivertown but Cantrell thinks that Yenni, his administration and council will stay the course until Rivertown is self-supporting and flourishing. Many Rivertown businesses have hung in there through some tough times. Part of Mayor Yenni s vision was to bring some public offices into Rivertown that would be magnets for drawing crowds of folks seeking governmental services. So far the mayor, with the help of many others, has brought a state office of motor vehicles and a registrar of voters office to Rivertown. The neat thing about Rivertown is that there s a big parking lot with plenty of spaces. No visitor to Rivertown has to waste a lot of time circling the block trying to find a parking place. Among the recent successes have been the annual spring Music in the Park concerts and Movies in the Park, both of which have drawn record crowds. I am told a special treat on Saturdays are the music concerts laser shows at the Kenner Planetarium and MegaDome Cinema. They say that an even an old guy like me would get a jolt from hearing the music of the Beatles backed by a laser show. Meanwhile, the revitalized Castle Theater and the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, both with new management, seem to be doing well offering high-quality entertainment right here in Kenner. What has the mayor really fired up was the recent Main Street designation of Rivertown by the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Rivertown is the only Main Street program in Jefferson Parish and one of just 37 in the state of Louisiana. With the designation comes an annual $5,000 grant and lots of opportunities to network with the state s other Main Street programs as everyone tries to feature what works and cut out what doesn t work to reenergize historic areas. The fact is that the city could not have indefinitely subsidized Rivertown as it has in the past. In the last several years, under former Mayor Muniz and current Mayor Yenni, the museums have been closed and buildings have been either sold or repurposed by the city. What is significant is Rivertown is our only and best link to Kenner s past when it was an agricultural center and a railroad town where thousands of immigrants pursued their American dreams. Now, lifted by Mayor Yenni s vision, the city council s support and the determination of groups like the merchant association and Friends of Rivertown, who have consistently supported the area, there is definitely hope for Rivertown s future. I have noticed an increasing number of marriages taking place either in the Rivertown Chapel or the garden outside the little church. I think that s wonderful. The weddings bring together Kenner s past and future. The many marriages being performed in Rivertown are rites of optimism. The hope is that both the marriages and Rivertown will flourish and be successful. Allan Katz can be reached at August 2014 Vol. 23 No. 8 Kenner Star is a tabloid newspaper published monthly and is distributed by direct mail free to all registered voter households in Kenner, numbering almost 20,000 households. An additional 2,000 copies are also distributed each month in high traffic locations in Kenner. Publisher Kenner Star, Inc. Editor Allan Katz Managing Editor/Marketing Director Candy Lovitt Contributing Writers Ed Clancy Marie Clesi Jeff Crouere Dan Dormady Mike Garms Michael Glaser Craig Goodwin Louis Gruntz Thomas R. Lyons, M.D. Linda R. Martin Dr. James Meza, Jr. Rafael E. Saddy Ken Trahan Steven A. Watts Guy Williams Michael S. Yenni Scott Zimmerman Copy Editors Melissa Drake Monica Zeringue Distribution Manager Jason Dormady Graphic Design Trevor Sprague Printing Baton Rouge Press 2014 Kenner Star, Inc. All Rights Reserved KENNER STAR P.O. Box Kenner, LA Phone & Fax The content of all theme-based columns, written by respective professionals in this newspaper, is in no way intended to render advice, suggest a course of action, or take the place of an individual consultation regarding that subject matter. Chocolate City Nagin received his just desserts By Jeff Crouere The message that U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan delivered to former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is that crime does not pay. She sentenced him to 10 years in prison, showing that there are not two standards of justice. Politicians must pay for their crimes just as ordinary citizens. Mr. Nagin was convicted on 20 federal charges, including crimes such as accepting bribes from a variety of businessmen and city contractors. He was extremely fortunate that Berrigan, a staunch liberal, was his judge. It could have been much worse for Nagin, as federal sentencing guidelines called for 20 years or more in prison for the crimes he committed. In the weeks before his sentencing, Judge Berrigan received over 30 letters from Nagin s friends and family members asking for leniency. Nagin s wife and sons demanded that the former Mayor be set free. They claimed that the federal government improperly prosecuted an innocent man. In reality, Ray Nagin was prosecuted because he perpetrated crimes over the span of several years. These were not innocent mistakes, but a disturbing and disgusting pattern of behavior. The people of New Orleans deserved justice for the crimes that Nagin committed. During his two terms in office, the mayor not only stole money, but he also stole the hopes and aspirations of the citizens of New Orleans. His corruption retarded the recovery of the city after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. His utter incompetence was compounded by his immense greed. Prosecutors claimed that Nagin accepted over $500,000 in ill-gotten gains. He received free granite for his family business, free Political air fare, free vacations to an exotic locale, free lawn care for his home, thousands of dollars in payoffs and corrupt consulting contracts. He was not concerned with the recovery of New Orleans; he was concerned with cashing in on his position. If he really cared about his city, he would not have spent so much time in the suburbs of Dallas as his city fought to survive. In an effort to win re-election, he played the race card and appealed to African-American voters to keep New Orleans a chocolate city. This racist tactic helped Nagin win reelection, but it divided New Orleans. Sadly, he did not care about the damage he did to New Orleans, he only wanted another four years in office to continue his nefarious schemes. The most telling incident occurred right after his reelection, in January of 2007, while the city of New Orleans was in the midst of a murder spree. Over 5,000 citizens descended on city hall to demand action to combat violent crime. This protest was an emotional outburst from the people of New Orleans, disgusted with the rampant crime in their city. The march concluded at city hall with speeches from a variety of community leaders. On the stage that day was Mayor Nagin. Amazingly, he was indifferent to the cries of his constituents and spent his time glued to his cell phone texting associates in an effort to lure more business to his family s granite company. In 2002, New Orleans thought they had elected a businessman to clean up corruption, but, in the end, they only elected an arrogant crook. He had no managerial, business or political skills. At Cox Cable, he presided over a monopoly and was not faced with the type of challenges that he faced at city hall. He was ill equipped to lead New Orleans and his shortcomings were only exacerbated by the team of incompetent subordinates that he hired in his administration. From his Cox Cable cronies to the pathetic Kimberly Williamson Butler to the crooked Deputy Mayor Greg Meffert to the buffoonish Recovery Czar Ed Blakely, Nagin was surrounded by like-minded people, ineffectual and dishonest. History will record that Nagin was the first mayor of New Orleans to be indicted and convicted. He was not targeted because of his race or any other factor. He was prosecuted due to his actions in office, which displayed a shocking desire for personal financial gain, not public service. Besides serving justice, imprisoning Ray Nagin will serve as a reminder and deterrent to other elected officials. It will reinforce the vital message that criminal behavior results in negative consequences and that public servants are not allowed to enrich themselves while in office. With its former mayor in prison where he belongs, New Orleans will not only take an important step forward in its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but it will also finally close the book on the sad and repugnant chapter of the Nagin years. Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his Louisiana-based television program, Ringside Politics, airs at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS television station WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. weekdays on radio station WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the north shore. Crouere is a political analyst for WGNO-TV ABC26. Visit Crouere s website at or Crouere at

7 Government KENNER ST R AUGUST I am so excited about the great things we can accomplish in Kenner during the next four years. When I say we I am referring not only to my administration, but to the newly-inaugurated Kenner City Council and Police Chief Michael Glaser. One of the many reasons we are Kenner Strong in the city our movement for the next four years is the talented team in place to work with me on issues ranging from Rivertown expansion and Laketown commercial development to the oversight of the huge airport terminal construction project. Kenner s continual decreases in serious crime are a direct result of superior law enforcement policy, personnel and community involvement. From Neighborhood Watch to community policing, working together makes a real difference. However, a police officer cannot be on every street each hour of every day. Since criminals look for opportunity, make sure they do not find it at your home. Here are some proven, common sense guidelines to keep your household safe: Let a burglar know you re watching out for him. If he wants easy prey, he should go elsewhere. Join a Neighborhood Watch program by calling and place stickers on your windows. Also, have time-activated lighting and install roll-down security shutters over windows if you are in a high crime area. Many burglars are drug addicts looking for merchandise to sell. Do not leave valuables such as computers, televisions, cell phones and other portable electronics or valuables in a criminal s view. Buy an automatic timer to turn on lights, radio and TV when you are out. Go outside at night to determine where you can see in and make the appropriate changes. Before vacations, stop regular deliveries of the mail and newspaper. Ask neighbors to park in your driveway. The Kenner Police Department will watch your home while you are gone. Call us at for a special vacation patrol request. The longer time a criminal estimates it will take to break in, the more likely he will move on to another house. Have at least two good locks on your doors. Wedge a broom handle between your sliding glass door and the wall. Remove door handles from garage doors operated by remotecontrolled openers. Let s continue the renaissance of Kenner By Michael S. Yenni Kenner Mayor Staying safe at home While there are a number of new faces on the council, I am confident this is a group that will need very little time to become acclimated to their new positions. After all, one of the four new faces is District B at-large Councilman Keith Conley, the former city attorney. As former director of the clerk of court and the interim code enforcement director, Keith played a key role in some of the crucial decisions made and improvements undertaken during my first term. In District 2, Councilman Mike Sigur is no stranger to the city. He worked for three decades for the police department in a variety of capacities, most recently as director of administrative services. By Michael Glaser Kenner Police Chief Join a Neighborhood Watch program by calling Group action is a highly effective crime deterrent. Share information about neighborhood break-ins. Learn what s going on in your neighborhood. Always report any crime to the police in a timely manner. Good lighting is one of the best deterrents to crime. Total darkness inside and outside your home is an invitation for a burglar. Assess your landscaping. It may give criminals cover while breaking in. Thick dense bushes near entry points near entry points need to be trimmed and/or removed. Engrave your name on all valuables including cameras and electronics. If you are robbed, this helps police return stolen property to the rightful owner. Apartment dwellers should not assume that your lock is new. Many past tenants may have a key that opens your door. Add a new deadbolt lock if possible. Never enter your home if a burglary is taking place. Leave immediately and call the Kenner Police Department by dialing 911. Remove ladders, trellises or tree branches that could be used by a burglar to gain access. Don t miss the obvious! Conscientiously lock your doors and windows. This includes your garage door especially if it connects directly to your home. Preventing crime before it happens is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family. By keeping ourselves safe at home, we also keep our family and neighbors safe as well. Chief Glaser can be reached by at Visit the Kenner Police Department website at He helped to oversee the construction of the $12 million police department complex, which was built on time and within its budget. District 4 Councilman Lenny Cline is one of the leading attorneys in the city, and has promised to apply the same drive and dedication he used to grow a successful law firm to the best interests of the 4th District and the rest of the city. He has wisely promised to hold quarterly town hall meetings in his district and is an eager supporter of the Kenner 2030 plan to transform Kenner into a destination location for young families and businesses. In District 5, Councilman Dominick Impastato III brings a younger perspective to the council and an unparalleled history of service to the city. From the playgrounds and the police and fire civil service commission to my economic development committee, Dominick has consistently shown his love and dedication to the city. He is thoroughly familiar with the issues facing Kenner, particularly those relating to public transit. These four new faces to the council will work well with the three returning members. In District 1, Councilman Gregory Carroll has focused on playgrounds, public transportation and infrastructure among other issues. He is a champion for local youth in his district and throughout the city. Greg participated in sports while growing up in Kenner, has worked at Kenner playgrounds and has carefully monitored the Kenner Recreation Department to ensure the best interests for all youth in the city. District 3 Councilman Keith Reynaud has operated a successful HVAC business for 40 years and has made economic development in Laketown one of his top priorities. Keith was active in the community long before he decided to run for the council and that dedication, together with his business experience, makes him an invaluable member of the council. District A at-large Councilwoman Maria De- Francesch moves over from District 4, where she worked tirelessly to bring new businesses to The Esplanade, such as the Target and the Grand 14 Theaters. As a retired educator, Maria has worked full-time on issues ranging from transparency in government and improvements to the sewerage system to the 2030 Plan that she helped to develop as a member of the economic development committee. Of course, let s not forget our new police chief. While Mike has some big shoes to fill following two terms from former Chief Steve Caraway he is a veteran of the department and worked as deputy chief under Caraway. I am confident we will continue to enjoy the cooperation from Chief Glaser that was a highlight of my relationship with former Chief Caraway. The wide-ranging talents of this new group of elected officials is impressive, to say the least. But the time for talking is over. It s now time for all of us to walk the walk and continue the renaissance that has begun in the city of Kenner. Mayor Yenni can be reached at or by at Advertise in the KENNER STHR

8 8 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R Government Kenner City Attorney has myriad of responsibilities By Louis G. Gruntz, Jr. Interim Kenner City Attorney I was honored earlier this year when Mayor Michael Yenni asked me to take over the reins of the city attorney s office after Keith Conley decided to move on to the next chapter of his public service career. Having served in the Jefferson Parish Attorney s Office for over 30 years, retiring as deputy parish attorney, and serving as special counsel to the Plaquemines Parish Council, I have learned that the law is the engine that keeps the government machine running. That machine would break down quickly if not for the hard work of dedicated public lawyers. Forty years ago, as a young first year law student, my legal ethics professor introduced me to the term noblesse oblige. As it pertains to the legal profession, it means that we as lawyers have an obligation to always strive to serve the public good. Over the past three decades, members of the bench, bar and legal academy have lamented the decline of professionalism among American lawyers and believe that today s lawyers have lost an understanding of the practice of law as a calling. Having been a public servant most of my career and now serving in the Kenner City Attorney s Office, I know first-hand that this is not the case of lawyers in public service and certainly not the case when it comes to the staff of the Kenner City Attorney s Office. I am proud to work with a dedicated team of public servants who devote their services and legal practices to providing legal representation on behalf of the city of Kenner for the greater good of its citizens. Both state law and the city charter specify the city attorney s role and clients. The city attorney s office is responsible for directing and supervising the legal affairs of the city of Kenner. The city attorney and assistant city attorneys are in-house legal counsel and provide legal advice to the city through the mayor, the city council, members of the administration and various departments throughout the city. Occasionally members of the public call the city attorney s office to request legal assistance or representation, believing they are entitled to such legal services as residents of the city. But, as stated above, the city charter and state law specify the city attorney s clients, and thus prohibit the city attorney from advising and representing all others, including city residents. As previously stated, our clients are the mayor and city council acting as a body, plus those persons or entities empowered by law to act on the city s behalf. There is virtually nothing that the city does which does not require the input and guidance of the city attorney s office. We handle a variety of legal issues including but not limited to litigation, drafting and reviewing local and state legislation, real estate leases, procurement contracts, and the issuance of legal opinions to the mayor, the city council, and administrative department heads. The department also serves as legal counsel to the planning and zoning commission, board of zoning adjustments and the alcoholic beverage review committee. The city attorney s office oversees all requests to view public records. The city attorney and assistant city attorneys are also responsible for the prosecution of cases in mayor s court. This court has jurisdiction over traffic, misdemeanor and code enforcement violations, as well as other infractions of the code of ordinances occurring with the city of Kenner. The plethora of statutes and rules, court decisions and administrative regulations that govern our daily lives is such that the mayor and the city council and staff daily seek advice or look to the city attorney office for assistance to accomplish a task. Depending on how active and innovative the city council and administration may be, the city attorney s office is often called upon to devise a method to reach the goal that is sought. This office has become an integral part of the entire decision making fabric. As we enter Mayor Yenni s second term and have inaugurated a majority of new members to the council, we will continue to implement the programs instituted under the first term. This office Pedestrian improvements on Williams Boulevard begun Preparation work has begun on a $352,000 construction contract to make pedestrian improvements along the east side of Williams Boulevard between Veterans Memorial Boulevard and 32nd Street. The work involves improvements to both the sidewalk and lighting in the area. The contractor is Magee Excavation and Development, LLC. The project is funded with money from state Safety Transfer Funds and the Federal Transit Administration and will include a pedestrian sidewalk and lighting under Interstate 10. Weather permitting, the work is expected to last about three months. will continue to assist with rehabilitating the city sewer system and improving the city s relationship with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. This past legislative session, we worked with the city s legislative delegation and were instrumental in having legislation enacted to bring the programs to revitalize Laketown into fruition. This office continues working with the administration in implementing Kenner s 2030 Plan. And, protecting Kenner s interest, we have been involved with and are working with the city of New Orleans and the Aviation Board regarding the construction of the new airport terminal building scheduled for completion in As Kenner continues to move forward, the staff of the city attorney s office will continue to fulfill our noblesse oblige. Louis G. Gruntz, Jr. is the interim city attorney for the city of Kenner. The city attorney s office is located at 1801 Williams Boulevard, Building C, Suite 100. The office telephone number is Gruntz can be contacted at The construction project is the first of two phases to improve pedestrian access and safety on Williams Boulevard, according to consultant Sharon Leader. Design work has begun on the second phase, on the east side of Williams between Veterans Boulevard and West Napoleon Avenue. Burk-Kleinpeter is working on the design. This phase of the project could go out for bids before the end of the year, Leader said. The second phase requires 20 percent funding from the city of Kenner. The FTA will pay for the rest of the project, Leader said. Phase 1 funding is at 100 percent from the state and the FTA. $100 CASH GIVEAWAYS EVERY HOUR! SATURDAYS AUGUST 2 & 9 SEPTEMBER 6 & 13 2PM 8PM CHALMETTE ELMWOOD GRETNA HOUMA KENNER LAPLACE BOUTTE METAIRIE THIBODAUX WESTWEGO Prize is Right not valid at Boutte and Thibodaux locations. Must be at least 21 years of age. Management reserves all rights to alter or cancel this promotion at any time. Must show proof of a valid government issued photo I.D. See official rules for details. Mayor s Youth Advisory Council accepting applications for second year By applying to join the Mayor s Youth Advisory Council high school students who live in Kenner could have the opportunity to learn how local government works up close and personal and also be able to provide input to local elected officials on issues they feel are important to youth in the city of Kenner. The group s inaugural annual term started October Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni s Mayor s Youth Council will consist of up to 20 high school students who live in Kenner and want to make a positive difference in their city. The group will be asked to give back to the city by conceiving and planning a service project during their first meeting in the fall. To qualify for membership in the Mayor s Youth Advisory Council, students must be a Kenner resident between the ages of 14 and 19, attend a public or private high school or home school program, be willing to attend monthly meetings, have a strong interest in civic participation and enthusiasm to search for and work toward community solutions. The council requires a one-year commitment with no more than three unexcused absences per term. Applications will be available at area high schools or can be downloaded from the city of Kenner s website at The application must include a parental consent form, two reference letters and must be postmarked no later than September 5, A review committee, which will incorporate members of the inaugural council, will evaluate the applications and announce the new members on September 25, Orientation for new members is scheduled for October 2, For any questions regarding the application process contact Kenner s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Natalie Newton at Applications can be electronically submitted to or mailed to: Office of the Mayor, Hon. Michael S. Yenni C/O Ms. Natalie Newton, Deputy CAO ATTN: Mayor s Youth Advisory Council 1801 Williams Blvd, Building B Kenner, LA 70062

9 Community KENNER ST R AUGUST Chateau Country Club to hold 4th annual charity Kenner Wine and Food Event The 4th annual Kenner Wine and Food Event will be held at the Chateau Golf and Country Club on Thursday, October 2, 2014, offering over 100 types of wine and cuisine from over 23 top restaurants. The event is open to the public and will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. This year our charity is the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. This group improves the state of Louisiana in a variety of ways and provides support to the education, health and social welfare of children in the community, said Michelle Swanner Yenni, general manager of Chateau Golf and Country Club. Our event is a first class wine and food experience that promotes awareness for local businesses and economic growth in Kenner and the surrounding areas. Yenni said that last year s successful event raised over $30,000 for the Raintree Foundation. Gleason Foundation and ALS Research, and Raintree Children and Family Services have benefitted from previous year s events. Among the restaurants to be featured at the event are 12 Seasons, Acme Oyster House, Andrea s, Bravo!, Brisbi s Lakefront Restaurant and Bar, Café Du Monde, Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant, Chateau Golf and Country Club, Chateau Pub, Copeland s of New Orleans, Deanie s Seafood, Desi Vega s Steakhouse, Dorignac s Food Center, Drago s Seafood Restaurant, Gambino s Bakery, LaBella s Catering and Deli, Messina s, Mr. Ed s Restaurant, Mr. John s Steakhouse, Pascal Manale s Restaurant, Restaurant Cypress, Ruth s Chris Steak House and Zea Rotisserie and Grill. The event, which is dressy casual, will be held poolside and the band, Groovy 7, will be playing again this year, said Yenni. This year we will offer photos by David Paul Studio and a photo booth by Boogie Booth. We will also have a silent auction and door prizes. The wine served at our event will be offered at special discounted prices for our guests to purchase for home. Among the wines to be served include Caymus, Markham, Taylor Fladgate, Louis Jadot, Meiomi, Jordan, Silver Oak, Franciscan, Faust, Antica, Sonoma Cutrer Russian River, Mer Soleil and G. H. Mum courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company, Purveyor of Fine Wines Limited, Wines Unlimited and Glazer Distributors. The event is sponsored by Chateau Golf and Country Club, Kipper s Communications, Treasure Chest Casino, First Bank and Trust, Guffey Insurance, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni, Magnolia Foundation and Nicoll s Limousines. Tickets are $75 and available online at or from Chateau Country Club s main office ahead of the event and are $90 at the door. For more information call Chateau Golf and Country Club is located at 3600 Chateau Boulevard in Kenner. Back to School Special 2for1 Two cuts or cuts & styles for the price of 1 Children only - preschool to high school seniors Expires 10/1/14 1 mo. tanning $ 41 No appointments necessary 339 W. Esplanade Mon - Wed 10-6 Thurs & Fri 10-6:30 Sat 9-3:30 99 no contract 35 Year Anniversary Lake 39th St th St. Florida Ave Williams Blvd. Personalized Awards for: Dance Scholastic Music Swimming Retirement Safety Parties Bowling Pool Football Track Basketball Soccer Baseball Golf Tennis Racquetball Karate T-Shirts & Caps Gulf Coast hosting month-long public auction with many diverse items On August 1, 2014, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company will launch its seventh annual month-long fundraiser, Auctions in August that benefits non-profit organizations and schools. The auction first began in 2008 and has benefited more than 300 charities with auction proceeds from more than a thousand donated items. The idea for the auction began with Gulf Coast President and Chief Executive Officer Guy Williams, who thought that August would be ideal for a summertime auction to benefit many non-profit organizations while giving participants a chance to win some fun prizes. All of Gulf Coast Bank s 17 branches participate by displaying auction items during the entire month of August. It s a silent auction that features hotel stays, vacations, sports memorabilia, fishing trips and collectibles, explains Williams, so please stop by any of our Gulf Coast Bank branches to bid on items being auctioned off that might appeal to you, with the added benefit of your winning bid being donated to a non-profit group. What is truly unique about the auction is that the donors of the prizes determine which charity will benefit from the sale of a particular item successfully auctioned. The non-profit organizations themselves are also able to get involved, too, as many charitable organizations put forth items to be auctioned off with the proceeds going back to their organization. Since its inception, Auctions in August has raised over $500,000 for more than 300 local, regional and national non-profit groups and schools. Over the last seven years, the auction has grown to include more charities and more diverse items. Participants can also bid on items online at or by visiting any one of the bank s branches. While many items are accessible via online bidding, Williams is encouraging people to visit different branches to view the items in person and help generate buzz and interest among the community. The auction is open to the public, including bank customers and non-customers alike. Steven A. Watts Attorney at Law 35 years experience Estate planning, Wills, Trusts, Successions, Business Transactions Corporate, Franchise & Real Estate Law 4200 S. 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10 10 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R Insurance Seven ways to save more for college By Marie M. Clesi As every parent knows, saving for a college education has gotten more challenging. The cost of college has grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades. According to an article in Forbes, if the cost of college tuition was $10,000 in 1986, it would now cost the same student $59,800 or over two and one-half times the inflation rate. This spike in college costs is even more jarring when compared with recent data on household debt. A recent Reuters article reports that U.S. household debt showed its biggest increase since Since the 2007 recession, many families have struggled with economic uncertainty and a reduced safety net. Consequently, many families worry about how they will pay for their children s college education. The benefits of higher education In today s highly competitive job market, a college education is a necessity. A college degree increases one s earning power significantly over a lifetime. One recent study at Georgetown University concluded that college graduates earn 84 percent more during their lifetime than students who only finish high school. What are my college funding options? Traditionally, grants and scholarships opened the doors to a college education. Stafford loans, Perkins loans, and PLUS loans may give families additional flexibility. But while grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid, student loans do. One way to avoid taking out loans and remain debt-free is to start saving for college as early as possible. The sooner you start, the more time your money will have to grow. It s never too early to start saving Here are a few popular ways to get a head start on saving for college: 529 Plans. Section 529 (b) of the Internal Revenue Code allows for qualified tuition programs to help offset future college costs. A 529 college savings plan or 529 prepaid tuition plan lets you put aside funds for any eligible U.S. higher-education institution. These plans allow more significant contribution amounts than most other options and you maintain control of the assets. Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA). A Coverdell ESA is a trust or custodial account that allows you to set aside up to $2,000 per year (from birth to the child s 18th birthday) for any educational expenses. Assets in the account must be used by the time the beneficiary turns 30 (with a few exceptions), but you maintain control of the account. UGMA and UTMA Accounts. You can also set up a college account for your child under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act (UGMA) or the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act (UTMA). Although federal gift tax will apply to contributions over a certain amount, there are essentially no contribution limits. Assets can be used for any reason at any time for the benefit of the named beneficiary and the beneficiary gains control of the assets at the age of maturity (18 to 21 years old, depending on the state). Lower your debt and save more Many parents find saving for college challenging, between childcare expenses, food, clothing that s constantly being outgrown, lessons and the occasional vacation. But according to a recent CNN Money article, making a few small adjustments can go a long way towards lowering household debt and putting family finances on a more solid foundation. Here are seven ways to find funds for college: Pay off high-interest credit cards first. If you only pay the minimum monthly amount on your credit cards, you are being charged high-interest rates, plus additional fees if your payments are late. Interest and penalties can add up to hundreds of dollars each year per card. Renegotiate with credit card companies for lower rates. Some credit card companies charge cardholders excessive interest rates. And if you have a history of bad credit, rates can shoot up dramatically. Only keep cards that have a low APR (annual percentage rate) and refrain from using your higher-rate cards. Sometimes you can renegotiate with the credit card companies to reduce your current interest rate. Pay with cash or debit card. The less you carry on your credit cards, the better. Avoid adding more debt to your existing cards. If you don t have the cash or a debit card, think twice about purchasing something you don t absolutely need. Scale back discretionary spending. Make a list of your monthly expenses. Review everything from your cable package to your cell phone plan. Don t renew magazines you hardly read. Consider eating out less frequently and pack a lunch to take to work. Keep a log of monthly expenses. Input all your bills on a spreadsheet or list them in a ledger. It s a great way to keep track of your spending habits and maintain a family budget. There are also many websites (such as Mint or BillShrink) that can help you save money or assist with personal finances. Use public transportation instead of driving. Gas is really expensive these days. Websites such as GasBuddy can find you the lowest gas prices in your area. Or consider taking the train or bus to work instead. Ride a bike on the weekend. Bike riding is great exercise and saves wear and tear on your vehicle. Just enacting some of these simple suggestions can save you money. And this found cash could help you finance your child s educational future which would be money well spent. Marie M. Clesi is the owner of Marie Clesi Insurance Agency, Inc. Clesi, a Kenner resident and a select State Farm agent, is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) providing auto, home, renter s, life and health insurance along with financial services. Clesi s office is located at 2401 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 7, in Kenner. Clesi can be contacted at or Visit Clesi s website at It s time to take care of your car for back to school By Scott Zimmerman Automotive One of the things on your back to school checklist should be making sure your child s vehicle is prepared for the school year. The car your child is driving to school should be well-maintained so you have no worries during the school year. Make sure there are no warning or indicator lights appearing on the car s dashboard and make Luncheon reservations: or call Mary-Sharon at KENNER BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Since 1985 Bringing Kenner Businesses and Our Community Together sure your child understands what those lights mean and if immediate attention is needed. Review the owner s manual with your child so he understands what action needs to be done in response to those indicators. It is a good idea to open the hood of the car and show them how to check fluid levels such as engine oil, coolant and transmission fluid and how to check the battery cable and terminal post connections so they are tight and clean. If the date-code stamp on JOIN KBA Food, Fun, Networking August 21 11:30-1:30 Location: The Crossing 519 Williams Blvd Rivertown Lunch n Lagniappe Back to Business Basics Networking and Lunch $10 top of the battery is more than two to three years old, it is highly recommended that the battery be tested. Test for strange noises. Open the hood and start the car. Listen for noises such as a screeching belt or noisy fan and check them out. Turn on the air conditioning and heater to make sure they are working properly. Drive the car and press on the brakes several times to make sure the brakes don t feel spongy or make squealing noises as that can be a sign the brake pads need to be replaced. Test the tire tread life. The old-time penny test is reliable. Place the penny in the groove with Abe s head on top. If you can see his entire head the tires need replacing. Check air pressure on all tires, including the spare. Make sure a jack and lug wrench are in the vehicle. Look on the ground where your car is parked to see if there is any spotting of oil or antifreeze. If you find spots, have the leak checked out. Tell your child how important it is not to have loose trash on the ground that could get under the brake or gas pedal. Make sure your child understands how important it is to not leave valuables in plain sight which will increase the chance of a break-in. If any problems arise after you have performed these simple tasks, bring the car to a mechanic for a thorough check and inspection. Scott Zimmerman is the owner of Scotty s Tire and Automotive, Inc., a family-owned and operated full-service tire and automotive shop, located at 4200 Williams Boulevard in Kenner. Store hours are 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. 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11 Community KENNER ST R AUGUST Ice House on Williams Boulevard expands, opens an Ice House Express, convenience store next door By Allan Katz evacuation special evacuation special Purchase of $400 or More Good thru 8/31/14 Purchase of $500 or More Must be presented at time of purchase, tire purchases must include nitrogen and road hazard protection plan, gift certificates excluded Tires Alignments Balancing Oil Changes Shocks Air Conditioner Work Struts Brake Service Batteries Belts Hoses Tune-Ups CV Joints Fuel Injection Cleaning For 35 years, the Ice House, located at 2151 Williams Boulevard, has provided customers from Kenner and nearby communities low prices and fast service. Kenner s number one dealer in ice products and propane as well as convenience store products has now opened a second store, the Ice House Express, located across the side street from the original Ice House. Both are located on opposite corners of Williams Boulevard and 22nd Street. The new Ice House Express is a convenience store with gasoline pumps, breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an array of convenience store products. Its address is 2201 Williams Boulevard. Our Express store will offer the same fast service and low prices that we ve maintained at the Ice House for more than three decades, says Joe Ricca who, along with other family members, has been the owner of both the Ice House for over ten years and now the Ice House Express. Ricca learned the formula of low prices and fast service from his late father who owned grocery stores in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Ricca s father, Nick Ricca, had the first self-service meat department grocery store in the region. Among those he influenced was the late John G. Schwegmann, Jr. who opened the first warehouse-sized supermarket in the nation in Jefferson Parish. Ricca s 90-year-old mother, Iris Ricca, has worked at Ice House since its opening and in fact, his whole family grew up in the grocery business and most are working at the Ice House. Now, Ricca is handing the family torch to his daughter, Paige, to run the Ice House Express. We intend to have the lowest gas prices on Williams Boulevard, says Ricca. The Express will offer eggs, Ricca family opens new Ice House Express Dana Ricca, Joe Ricca, Paige Ricca, Iris Ricca, Iris Harris and Nicki Randell are all members of the Ricca family that own the Ice House and the newly opened Ice House Express located next door to each other. grits, bacon, plate lunches including fried chicken, red beans and rice and po-boys. Most of the food business at the Express is expected to be take-out although we will have two dining tables. Paige will be the third generation of our family in a business that serves the community, says Ricca. Our family has been blessed and fortunate to find ourselves accepted by the Kenner community which has to be one of the friendliest, warmest places on earth. I know that Paige will uphold our family traditions by being a community-minded manager who stresses high quality, low prices and fast service. Both stores are open seven days a week. The Ice House Express opens on Monday through Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. and opens at 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number for Ice House Express is The original Ice House, which also features a self-wash car wash, is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is Their website is Scott Zimmerman (owner), Kenny Polizzi, Brannon Dietrich 4200 Williams Blvd :30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday Se Habla español City of Kenner Community Development Department After School Program Registration August :30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hispanic Resource Center 4312 Florida Avenue Kenner, LA and Martin Luther King Resource Center st Street, Kenner, LA Grades 2 through 8 Program Requirements: Proof of Kenner Residency: must provide utility bill, lease, phone bill, etc. Final Report Card 2013/2014 School year Students Birth Certificate Parent/Guardian Pictured I.D. Complete Enrollment Packet ( NOTE: household income must be below program income guidelines.) Student must be grades 2nd through 8th You ve got homework. We ve got help MICHAEL S. YENNI MAYOR ARLEETA O. TERRELL DIRECTOR

12 Theater KENNER ST R AUGUST Six blockbuster shows on playbill at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts The Times-Picayune s Theater of the Year and Gambit s Entertainers of the Year are right here in your own backyard, said Kelly Fouchi, coartistic director of Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts along with Gary Rucker. The season offers a diverse line-up of entertainment, said We continue to offer the best of Broadway to oversold crowds and maintain our commitment to offering something for everyone as well as presenting a local original everything from blockbuster classics to the regional premieres of award-winning shows recently seen on Broadway. The first three shows of the season have already been cast and we re really excited about the talent, which includes lots of new faces as well as some familiar ones. As we continue to present some of the biggest shows with the most dazzling production value, we have kept our ticket prices amongst the lowest in town and compared to going to the French Quarter or downtown, patrons really enjoy our free and easy parking. We certainly hope Kenner residents will take advantage of this wonderful cultural activity right in their city. Our patrons travel from all over the greater New Orleans area, Mississippi and Alabama to enjoy our productions but we d like to see an increase in attendance from Kenner residents. Season tickets are now on sale for the theater s season, which opens with Shrek the Musical on September 12 and includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Season tickets will remain on sale through the season opener. To reserve season tickets, call the theater s box office at For more information on the Rivertown Theaters, go to Fouchi said, Big things have been happening for Rivertown Theaters since we began managing the theaters in the fall of Rivertown Theaters was named 2013 Theater of the Year and Best Musical of the Year by both The Times Picayune/nola. com as well as The Examiner. They also received Gambit s 2013 Best in Theater Big Easy Entertainers of the Year award. The main stage season and holiday add-on shows planned for the season include Shrek the Musical, One Man Two Guvnors, A Christmas Carol, The Musical, The Will Rogers Follies, When Ya Smilin, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Shrek the Musical, directed by Gary Rucker, will run from September 12 through-27, Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, the hilarious story of everyone s favorite ogre is brought to dazzling life on the stage, full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery. It is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and irreverent fun for everyone. Like the movie, there s humor and entertainment for all ages, said Fouchi. One Man Two Guvnors, directed by Ricky Graham will play from November 7 through November 22, Reviews from the New York Times call it Splendidly silly and utterly innocent. Variety says it it lifts audiences from mere happiness to eyewatering, comic hysteria. The most glorious comedy on the planet, reports London s Daily Mail. Set in Brighton, England in1963, said Fouchi, Richard Bean s hilarious comedy received five-star reviews from every London newspaper and was the hit of the 2012 Broadway season, including seven Tony Award nominations. During the holiday season, A Christmas Carol, The Musical, directed by Scott Sauber will be presented from December 5 through 21, Originally presented by Radio City Entertainment this spectacular musical extravaganza ran for ten years at Madison Square Garden. In 2004, this version became the basis for the NBC/Hallmark adaptation featuring Kelsey Grammar, Jason Alexander, Jane Krakowski and more. This musical show retains its emotional power and pure joy thanks to Dickens marvelously told story and a beautiful score by Alan Menken, who is known for such Broadway hits as Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act and more, said Fouchi. The Will Rogers Follies, directed by Fouchi, will be on stage from January 16 through January 31, The winner of nine Tony Awards including best musical, The Will Rogers Follies focuses on the life and career of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers, using as a backdrop the Ziegfeld Follies, which he often headlined. This musical describes every episode in his life in the form of a big, splashy production number. Through rope tricks, showgirls and tap dancing cowboys, the revue contains snippets of Rogers famous homespun style of wisdom and common sense, said Fouchi. The play conveys the personality of this quintessentially American figure whose most famous quote was I never met a man I didn t like. Directed by Ricky Graham, When Ya Smilin will headline from March 13 through March 29, It is local Ricky Graham s heart-warming, comedic love letter about growing up in New Orleans in the 1950s. As seen through the eyes of precocious 10-yearold Paulie Dufour, When Ya Smilin recounts a year in the life of a Ninth Ward family who has to deal with the everyday troubles of money and family, said Fouchi. Anyone who grew up in New Orleans will grin a nostalgic smile from remembrances of Pontchartrain Beach, Mardi Gras with Mel Levitt and picnics in City Park. This play strikes that harmonious chord of common humanity that will not only make the locals laugh and cry, but those who now call New Orleans home as well. When Ya Smilin won the 2001 Big Easy award as best original play. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be performed from May 8 through May 23, Directed by Gary Rucker and based on the popular 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a Tony Award winning musical that centers around two con men living on the French Riviera. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the very end, said Fouchi.

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14 2 Kenner Parks & Recreation Registration for all Leisure Service programs MUST be completed online at You do not have to pay online but you still must register and add the classes you wish to register for to your cart, and then print out your cart and mail or bring it to the Kenner Parks & Recreation Office on th Street. Registration will be available Monday, August 11, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. In House registration is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information call the Leisure Service Office or visit our website at Follow Kenner Parks and Recreation on Facebook for continuous updates at KennerRecreation. Athletics or Leisure Services or Ceramics Dance Studio Fall Fall Table of Contents Leisure Programs Children &4 Teen &4 Parent and Child Adult &6 Special Events Athletics Children Adult Registration Procedures Dance, Twirlers and Flag Team ages 11 & up Dance, Twirlers and Flag Team Ages 11 & up All students will need to tryout to be on the team. Classes will begin in October and continue through the 2015 parade season. We will have a dance team, baton twirling and flag team. Classes will be held once a week and will focus on basic techniques to prepare for the parade season. Students are responsible for the purchase of parade uniform, shoes and any accessories needed for the parades. Call Debbie Reese for more info: Tryout Info Dance Team September 11 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Baton Team September 8 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tr y Team fee: $75 s ut o t. 8 & 1 1 sep

15 Fall 2014 Kenner Parks & Recreation Leisure service FaLL Programs Dance ages 3 & up Classes are offered in ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz. Classes are held once a week beginning the week of September 15 at the Fassbender Dance Studio. Students will be placed according to age, years of dance and ability. The dance program will end in June 2015 with the annual dance revue. Students will be responsible for the purchase of class uniforms, dance shoes, costumes for the dance revue and a $25 revue fee due in February. Dance fee: $120 gymnastics ages 3-14 Girls gymnastics will include instruction on vault, bars, beam and floor. Boys ages 5 & up classes include instruction on parallel bars, pommel horse, floor and vault. For girls and boys ages 3-4 year old classes will be basic technique course on vault, bars, beam and floor. Classes begin in September and end in May. Gymnastics fee: $100 Saturday Wednesday Starts Sept. 6 Starts Sept. 10 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (boys and girls, ages 3 & 4) 5:00-5:45 p.m. (boys and girls, ages 3 & 4) 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (new/returning girls Age 5-14) 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. (Boys ages 5-14) Monday Starts Sept. 8 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (new girls, ages 5-14) 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (returning girls ages 5-14) CHeeR CAmP This mini cheer camp will teach basic techniques and tumbling stunts. A short routine will be taught to perform on the last day of camp. School s Out! KPRD is in! Join us for arts & crafts, indoor/outdoor activities and field trips. Lots of FUN for the kids! Ages: 4-11 Thanksgiving Camp: November Holiday Camp: December 22, 23, 29, 30; January 2, 3, 5 minicamps November :00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ages 6 & up Barbre Gym Camp fee: $50 Location: Butch Duhe Gym Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Before Care: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (Free) After Care: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Free) Camp Fee: $20 per day

16 4 Kenner Parks & Recreation Fall Leisure service FaLL Programs H Children & teen programsh pintsize painters Ages 6-10 Young artists will be introduced to the fun filled world of painting. They will use various art mediums to complete at least 3 paintings. The course will end with an art show. Fee includes supplies. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. Thursday September 11 - October 30 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Fassbender Center Class fee: $45 splatastic Ages 3-5 Designed specifically for pre-schoolers this will include creative projects that help expand their imagination and creativity. Painting, coloring, sculpting, slathering and more are used to create original projects. Instructor Lisa Childs. Wednesday September 10 - October 29 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fassbender Center Class fee: $40 art a la carte Ages 6 10 This is an arts and crafts class that will explore creativity and imagination. Paints, clay, glue, collages and more will be used to create engaging hands-on projects. The opportunities are endless. All supplies included. Instructor: Lisa Childs. Tuesday September 9 - October 28 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Fassbender Center Class fee: $45 Kenner Klay KiDs Ages 6 & up Come check out our ceramics program! All paints, brushes and firing included. Students will complete one class project together and one greenware piece, all other pieces must be purchased separately. Tumbling Ages 6-14 This is for boys & girls to enhance their tumbling skills. Beginner classes start at forward rolls and advance to back bend kick- overs. The intermediate class continues on to back & front handsprings and the advanced class continues on to back tucks and aerials. This is a great program to enhance your cheerleading tumbling passes! Saturday September 20 December 13 11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. (Inter/Adv) Barbre Gym Wednesday September 24 - December 17 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. (Beg.) Class fee: $45 crafting Ages 7 11 Discover your creative DIY side! We will be making purple and gold hair flowers, earrings, and a unique earring holder. All supplies included. Bring a bag lunch. Instructor: Amanda Mitchell. Saturday August 30 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Recreation Meeting Room Class fee: $25 pintsize paint party Ages 6 & up Just like our adult paint party this one is made for the young artist. Rainbow Kitty is the painting you will complete. All supplies and snacks included. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. Fassbender Center Fee: $35 Tennis Ages 7-14 Playing tennis on a regular basis can help maintain or improve balance, mobility, agility, strength and fitness. Come out and see why they say tennis is a sport for a lifetime This class consist of 8 lessons and ends with a fun tournament! Instructor: Ellie Chavis, USTA and PTR certified. Alabama Tennis Courts Class fee: $40 KaraTe Ages 6-14 This is a Tae Kwon Do karate class that will teach self esteem, confidence, discipline, positive thinking, eye-hand coordination, balance, flexibility, self defense and respect for others. Instructors: Candace Frisard, Daniel Truxillo & Matthew Hinkamp. Tuesday & Thursday September 9 - December 11 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Barbre Gym Class fee: $60 Ages 7 & up This is a one-day ceramic workshop. All workshops will be held on Saturdays at Fassbender Center from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Staining, sealing and finishing your pieces will be taught. All supplies included for one parent or grandparent and one child. Instructor: Lisa Childs. Fee: $30 per family (additional child $15) Halloween Ceramics October 4 Christmas Ceramics December 6 bottle cap Jewelry Ages 7 & up This workshop will teach you how to turn bottle caps into unique pieces of jewelry or magnets. You can use paint or stones to transform the caps into something beautiful. All supplies included for one parent and one child. Instructor: Amanda Mitchell. Recreation Meeting Room Fee: $20 Saturday September 20 10:00 a.m. - noon Fassbender Center Workshop fee: $15 Ages 6 & up Join us for our annual Mr. Bingle paint party. All supplies and snacks included. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. candy creatures Ages 7 & up Creating creepy confections can be a lot of fun! In this workshop you will learn how to create Halloween creatures out of candy pieces. All supplies included. Instructor: Amanda Mitchell. Saturday October 18 10:00 a.m. - noon Recreation Meeting Room Fee: $20 per family (additional child - $10) christmas cabin Saturday December 13 10:00 a.m. - noon Fassbender Center Workshop fee: $15 research & reports Thursdays September 11 - October 30 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Beginner 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Adv. Beginner ceramic workshops Saturday September 13 10:00 a.m. - noon mr. bingle Wednesday October 1 - October 22 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m parent & Child This computer class will enhance the skills needed to research topics and create organized reports that your teachers will love. Instructor: Inez Shaw. Tuesday September 9 - October 14 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Recreation Meeting Room Class fee: $30 Ages 6 & up You ve made a gingerbread house every year and now you are looking for something new. Using the same concept you will create a holiday log cabin using pretzel rods and other sweet confections. Instructor: Lisa Childs. Friday December 5 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fassbender Center Class fee: $20 pumpkin painting Ages 6-11 In this unique workshop the kids will be in one room painting fun Halloween pumpkins and the parents will be in the next room painting decorative pumpkins. All pumpkins and supplies included. Instructors: Brenda Gruber and Lisa Childs. Friday October 10 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fassbender Center Workshop fee: $20

17 Kenner Parks & Recreation 5 Fall Leisure service FaLL Programs H H H adult programsh H H art with acrylics Dog obedience ii computer classes Learn the exciting and versatile medium of acrylics! You will be taught the basics and develop your unique creative touch. Supply list is given on first day of class. Instructor: Jane Read. This is an intermediate obedience class for dogs who have a basic start on heeling, sit, down, come and stay. Your dog will learn the skills required to pass the 10 parts of the Canine Good Citizen evaluation. Dogs must be up-to-date on rabies, DHP and parvo vaccinations. Bring vaccination records to first class. Training with dogs starts first class. Instructor is an AKC-approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Beginner classes cover the basics, including: parts of a computer, how to open and close programs, How to use a mouse. This class will also cover internet and for beginners as well. Intermediate classes will cover keyboarding, shortcuts, proper file storage and more. Instructor: Inez Shaw. Monday September 8 - October 13 October 20 - November 24 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fassbender Center Session fee: $40 paint For Fun An adult oil painting recreation art class that will amaze each student with a finished painting. Students will receive an art supply list on the first day of class. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. Saturday August 16 - September 27 October 11 - November 22 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Butch Duhe Class fee: $35 Beginner Thursday August 21 - September 25 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Recreation Meeting Room Class fee: $45 Intermediate Friday August 22 - September 26 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Recreation Meeting Room Class fee $45 ballroom blitz microsoft powerpoint We offer partner social dance lessons in ballroom, salsa, swing, wedding first dance choreography, country, tango, nightclub and Latin. If you re a beginner, we re perfect for you! We specialize in keeping your lessons fun & easy! You name it we teach it! This workshop will go over the basics in PowerPoint. You will learn how to create slides for a PowerPoint Presentation. Instructor: Inez Shaw. watercolor Thursday September 11 - October 16 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday October 21 - November 4 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Learn the basic watercolor techniques. Beginner knowledge of drawing is not necessary. Supply list will be given on the first day of class. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. Kenner Klay studios internet safety Ceramics is back and better than ever. Sign up for the class of your choice or come join us during our open studio time on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for $5. (Kenner Klay Studios ) This is a one night workshop that will teach you about internet safety, parental controls and how to protect your computer from unwanted viruses. Instructor: Inez Shaw. Beginner/Intermediate Monday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thursday September 18 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Tuesday September 9 - October 14 October 21 - November 25 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Session fee: $40 Thursday September 11 - October 16 October 23 - December 4 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday September 10 - October 15 October 22 - November 26 10:00 a.m. - noon Session fee: $40 Fassbender Center Session fee: $40 Tennis Playing tennis on a regular basis can help maintain or improve balance, mobility, agility, strength and fitness. Come out and see why they say tennis is a sport for a lifetime. This class consists of 8 lessons and ends with a fun tournament! Instructor: Instructor: Ellie Chavis Tuesday September 9 - October 28 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fee: $20/month Wentwood Adult Gym Couple fee: $50 Advanced Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fee: $35/month Recreation Meeting Room Class fee: $35 Recreation Meeting Room Workshop fee: $12.00 Alabama Courts Class fee: $40 Fitness pop Tennis leagues Men and women s leagues are available and are not for beginners. Awards will be given at the end of the league. Registration remains open until leagues are filled. Call for league start dates. League fee: $40 Dog obedience i Learn how to teach your dog to behave politely in public, walk nicely on a leash, to come when called, sit and lay down on command and stay. For dogs 6 months and up. Handlers under 15 with instructor s approval - parent or guardian must accompany handlers under 15. Dogs must be current on vaccinations for rabies, distemper, hepatitis and parvo. No dogs in the first class first class is orientation -bring dog s vaccination record. Includes a behavior workshop. Instructor is an AKC CGC Evaluator. Saturday August 16 - September 27 October 11 - November 22 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Butch Duhe Gym Session fee: $35 our fitness classes are now all inclusive! all of our fitness classes are available to you for one low monthly fee. all of our basic classes will be offered every month along with some specialty classes. classes included are a. m. body sculpt, body workout, zumba, yoga, yoga ballet, line Dancing, cardio Dance and more. after you register we will send you the monthly calendar of class days and times. monthly fee: $25

18 6 Kenner Parks & Recreation Fall Leisure service FaLL Programs H H H specialty workshopsh H H p.m. paint party ceramic plate wreath making Enjoy a night out with friends, refreshments and painting! This is a unique experience to see how talented you can be. Each person will leave with a completed painting at the end of the night. All supplies included. Visit Click on Recreation then scroll down to the Leisure Service section to see samples. This is a one night only class. You will get to design and paint a fleur de lis plate and take it home with you at the end of the night. All supplies included. Instructor: Lisa Childs. We will be using deco mesh or burlap in these workshops. The material, wreath form and a few add-ons will be included. Additional add-ons and ribbon will be available on site for an additional fee. Instructor: Kerri Diaz September 17 Sassy Cats October 1 Happy Fall Ya ll Fassbender Center 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Workshop fee: $20 garden Flag In this workshop you will personalize a blank burlap garden flag. Personalization will be done using paint and stencils. All supplies included except for the garden flag stand. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. Thursday August 28 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fassbender Center Friday September 12 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fassbender Center Class fee: $15 christmas stained glass block This workshop uses glass stains and leading strips on a decorative block. Patterns will be available for you to choose. All supplies included. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. Wednesday December 10 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fassbender Center Workshop fee: $20 Thursday September 4 Fall Wreath October 9 Halloween Wreath December 11 Christmas Wreath 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Recreation Meeting Room Class fee: $30 mr. bingle Join us for a special paint party featuring Mr. Bingle. All supplies included to complete your painting. Instructor: Brenda Gruber. Tuesday December 9 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Fassbender Center Workshop fee: $20 Class fee: $15 Paint & CeramiC Parties Party Packages available at Fassbender Center th st. Call

19 Fall 2014 Kenner Parks & Recreation FaLL athletic Programs Football Ages 5-14 Registration starts on August 4th at your local playground Ages 5&6 play flag football, Ages 7 &up play tackle Cheerleading Ages 4-14 Registration starts on August 4th at your local playground Volleyball Ages 4-14 Registration starts on August 4th at your local playground Ages 4-8 play bounce ball, Ages 9 & up play volleyball Soccer - Ages 3-13 Registration starts on September 2nd Registration is taken from 5:30 to 8:30 Mon. thru Fri. at Highway Park (3300 Roosevelt blvd). Contact Joe or Emmitt at Basketball Ages, Boys 5-14, Girls 5-12 Registration starts on November 3rd at your local playground 2014 CITY OF KENNER HOLIDAY CALENDAR Labor Day Mon., Sept 1 Thanksgiving Day Thurs., Nov. 27 Veterans Day (observed) Fri., Nov. 28 Christmas Eve Wed., Dec. 24 Christmas Day Thurs., Dec. 25 Christmas Holiday Fri., Dec. 26 New Year s Eve Wed., Dec. 31 New Year s Day Thurs., Jan. 1 NO programs OR CLAssEs will be HELD ON THE CITY OF KENNER HOLIDAYs LIsTED AbOvE. CLAssEs OR programs THAT OCCuR ON A HOLIDAY will NOT be REsCHEDuLED. Look for Kenner Parks & Recreation 2015 January Leisure Service Activity Brochure In the Kenner Star s January 2015 edition Registration date for Spring is January 5, Fall adult leagues Many exciting and varied opportunities are available for those who wish to participate in team sports. We have just the league for you! Check out the leagues KPRD has to offer: Male, female & mixed leagues in:softball, volleyball & basketball starting in August, September & October. Mixed cabbageball leagues at Wentwood and Highway Park Playgrounds. Call Johnie after 2:00 p.m. at for more information. Centralized registration Participants must report to their local playground first and see the playground supervisor. The supervisor at the facility will notify the parent/guardian to report to the Recreation Administrative Office at th Street for an ID Card. In order to receive the ID Card the parent/guardian must present a Birth Certificate or Passport. They must also bring a current utility bill for proof of residency. The participant must be present to take the picture. For further information or any clarification, please contact Playgrounds are open 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday - Friday for registration. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL

20 8 Kenner Parks & Recreation Fall 2014 AND 2020 Fourth Street Kenner, LA Fresh fruits, vegetables & dairy for sale grown locally! Homemade jams and jellies! Cooking demos, gardening tips & more! 1st & 3rd Saturday every month 8AM-NOON FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION 400 block of Williams across from Exhibition Hall To become a vendor or for more information call Nancy Ladner, Parks & Recreation visit Rusty Rocket s Last Blast Saturdays - 11 a.m. H Running time: 35 minutes Rusty Rocket has one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies. Along the way, Rusty highlights the wide variety of environments in the solar system, the great distances between the planets, and the spacecraft that explore them. into the Deep Saturdays - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. H Running time: 32 minutes Dive into the fascinating worlds of marine biology, underwater geology, and the history of deep-sea exploration. Journey to the Lost City and the RMS Titanic in the Atlantic, to the famed Galapagos black smokers, to the Challenger Deep, considered the lowest point of the Marina Trench in the Pacific. Observe bioluminescent life forms so strange looking; they could be straight out of science fiction. Laser SPirit Saturdays - 1 p.m. H Running time: 40 minutes Get into the spirit with a show full of the Red, White, and Blue! From patriotic to pop, this show rocks to a wide selection of great music and will leave you beaming with American pride. Selections include Summon the Heroes, Santorini, a Beatles Medley, and many other familiar favorites! N ine Planets and Counting Saturdays - 3 p.m. H Running time: 35 minutes How many planets are there in our solar system? Nine, right? Or is it eight? Maybe it s ten, or twelve, or more. Take a tour to explore the variety of objects that populate our solar system. Along the way, we ll examine each planet individually and then step back to look at the big picture. Just what is a planet, anyway? The answer may surprise you. Tuesday - Friday by appointment only, for schools/camps/groups or call for reservations, group rates or info. GEnEral Public - SaTurdayS Only H box Office opens at 10:45 a.m. admission: adults, $6 per show H children/seniors, $5 per show H Multi-show packages available YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO AN EXCLUSIVE FREE SCREENING OF THE NEW WLAE TV CHILDREN S PROGRAM SPACE RACERS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014 FROM 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM AT THE KENNER PLANETARIUM & MEGADOME CINEMA CIT Y OF K ENNER INAUGUR ATION CEREMON Y SPACE RACERS is a new animated children s program (ages 3 6+) that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the Solar System, learning about the power of scien c inves ga on and observa on, the wonders of space explora on, and the importance of working together as a team. Come meet Eagle, one of the show s heroes, talk with one of the show s creators, nd out how each animated character was brought to life & learn how NASA Scien sts and Astronauts assisted in the development of the series. SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, :30 AM & 10:30 AM Doors open at 9 AM KENNER PLANETARIUM & MEGADOME CINEMA 2020 Fourth Street Kenner, LA Space Racers a endees will enjoy free admission to the Rivertown Space Science Complex during this special event! SPACE RACERS AIRS ON WLAE TV SATURDAYS AT 8:00 AM & SUNDAYS AT 6:00 AM Visit: FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RESERVE SEATS FOR A LARGE GROUP OR CLASS PLEASE CONTACT: Helen Sigur at

21 New air service arrives at MSY Airport By Iftikhar Ahmad - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Director of Aviation KENNER ST R AUGUST August will be a busy month for new air service at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. On August 1, 2014, Spirit Airlines, one of our low cost carriers that entered our market with daily service to Dallas, will begin a daily non-stop flight from the Greater New Orleans market to Ft. Lauderdale with their all-airbus fleet. This new service will give our passengers another option for travel to this Florida destination. For those wishing to travel from New Orleans with timely connections to Central America, Spirit is setting their arrival schedule in Ft. Lauderdale to correspond with their Central America departures to San Pedro Sula and other parts of the region from the Florida airport. The daily non-stop flight to Ft. Lauderdale will depart New Orleans at 8:14 p.m. and arrive in Ft. Lauderdale at 10:58 p.m. In addition, Spirit will introduce new scheduled service from New Orleans to Houston on the same day for a special ultra-low fare. The low fares to both cities are from $52.09 during mid-week travel. The Houston flight will depart New Orleans at 10:12 a.m. and arrive at Houston Bush airport at 11:25 a.m. Also in August, our largest low cost carrier, Southwest Airlines, will begin two daily flights to Washington, D.C. s Regan National Airport (DCA) beginning August 10, The new twice daily service will depart New Orleans at 7:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. and arrive in Washington at 11:05 a.m. and 6:25 p.m. respectively. The return flights will leave our nation s capital at 9:00 a.m. and 6:05 p.m., arriving in New Orleans at 12:05 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. While the airport currently has service to DCA offered by US Airways, the new Southwest service will provide competition in the DCA market and give our community an increased level of service to those traveling for business or pleasure to Washington D.C. with a special $99 fare for non-stop service. Southwest has also scheduled limited direct service to San Antonio for the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday season. Southwest will fly non-stop to San Antonio from New Orleans for four days aboard their 143 seat Boeing aircraft. The dates for airline travel to the famous Texas destination are Tuesday, November 25, Wednesday, November 26, Sunday, November 30 and Monday, December 1, This month, Armstrong International Airport is scheduled to welcome the iconic airline PEOPLExpress (pronounced People Express) to the New Orleans Market. This airline was first launched in April 1981 operating Boeing 737s from Newark, New Jersey to a number of U.S. destinations with a simplified fare structure much like Spirit Airlines uses today. At its start-up, all seats on PEOPLExpress routes were offered at the same price except for slightly-lower off-peak fares. All seats were in economy class, except for premium class on later overseas flights, paid in cash aboard the aircraft early in the flight. As part of their no-frills plan, passengers were permitted to bring one carry-on bag for free and each checked bag cost $3. PEOPLExpress was the first United States airline to charge a fee for each checked bag. The airline also charged customers wanting food or beverages. Due to financial issues, PEOPLExpress ceased to exist as a carrier on February 1, 1987, when their operations were merged into the operations of Continental Airlines (now United Airlines), under a joint marketing and sales agreement. After an extended hiatus, the revived airline resumed operations on June 30, 2014 offering service from Newport News, Virginia (its new home base) to Boston, Newark and Pittsburgh. By the end of August, New Orleans will be one of four new direct destinations to be added to the PEOPLExpress air service line-up. They will begin providing flight service from New Orleans to Newport News on Thursday, August 28, The non-stop flight will take place three times a week departing Newport News at 5:45 p.m. and arriving in New Orleans at 7:15 p.m. It is scheduled to depart New Orleans at 8:00 p.m. and arrive at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport at Treat yourself.. The kids are going back to school. Just Relax Call for your appointment and receive a FREE 30 minute massage with this coupon when booking a 60 minute massage (60 minutes for the price of 30 minutes) 11:30 p.m. Flight operations aboard their Boeing aircraft with its 150 seats (including 12 in first class) will take place with North Las Vegas-based Vision Airlines that features PEOPLExpress branding. True to its no-frills beginnings, PEOPLExpress will once again operate a low-cost, à la carte service model which allows the passengers to create a customized travel product that reflects their wishes and budget. They can choose to fly at an ultra-low price with minimal frills, or opt to purchase the extras to make their trip more enjoyable, such as priority boarding, pre-assigned seating, or an upgrade to one of the Living Large seats, which offers more personal space. To learn more, go to their website com. At this time, Armstrong International has 13 airlines serving our market with over 41 non-stop destinations including three international nonstops Toronto, Canada, Cancun, Mexico and Montego Bay, Jamaica. This has been an exciting summer at our airport for introducing new air service and new carriers to the New Orleans market. From our new non-stop to Seattle, aboard Alaska Airlines that began in June to our newest flights this month, the New Orleans Aviation Board is pleased to provide our community with air service options aboard a choice of traditional, major and low cost carriers. Iftikhar Ahmad, director of aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport may be reached at com. Check your local listings for the air time of the Armstrong International Airport 30 minute television program, Airport Alive or view it on the airport website, com, by clicking on the Airport Alive link on the News and Stats page. 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22 14 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R Law come watch your football at Stepbrothers. Nobody does it better than us! We are the place to watch LSU & Saints games on our 19 Tvs. Not a bad seat in the house West Napoleon Ave. Metairie beer bucket specials, great food & special giveaways throughout the season. dj before, during & after the game. NFL Ticket. WIFI. Full Service Flooring Wood Tile Laminate Carpet Commercial & Residential Whenever flooring upgrades are needed, Jules Pechon is our go-to guy. Knowledge, experience and expertise are his foundation for a perfect floor. Kenny Hurst, The Stevens Realty Group open 11 am - 4 am come early on Sunday for our bloody Mary Specials & pregame shows on so you can make sure your Fantasy Team lineup is the best it can be. First Saints preseason game-friday, Aug. 8. First regular season game-sept. 7. First LSU game-aug. 30. First NFL regular season-thursday, Sept. 4. We have you covered ThUrSdAy-MoNdAy For FooTbALL. Nobody does FooTbALL better ThAN STePbroTherS! 30 years experience OWneR JuLes PeChOn and family Fairmont Flooring LLC What you don t see may be what you get By Steven A. Watts Sometimes the things we do have unintended consequences. Frequently we label those types of occurrences as accidents, our negligence causing someone else harm. However, our responsibility is not always limited to our actions. Under Louisiana law responsibility can arise out of our status as a homeowner. Louisiana law provides that a seller provides the buyer with by an implied warranty that the thing being sold is free from hidden defect and is reasonably fit for its intended use. In residential real estate, this means that a seller can be held responsible to the buyer for a hidden defect present in his house even though he had no actual knowledge of the defect s existence. The defect must be redhibitory in nature. In other words, it must render the thing sold as useless, or its use so inconvenient that it must be presumed a buyer would not have bought the thing had he known of the defect. (see Louisiana Civil Code Article 2520). If the hidden defect is found to be redhibitory, the buyer s remedies include damages, reduction of the sales price or even rescission of the sale. The buyer can seek these remedies for up to one year from the date of the sale or even longer in some circumstances. Fortunately, the law does permit the parties to negotiate with regard to the implied warranty. Louisiana Civil Code Article 2548 provides that the buyer and seller may limit or even exclude any implied warranty against redhibitory defects. This is commonly referred to as an as is sale. The limitation or waiver of warranty must be clearly and unambiguously written and brought to the attention of the buyer. It must be clear that he is actually waiving his legal rights against the seller to make a claim for unknown and hidden defects and not just agreeing to purchase the property in its current condition. Sales containing an as is clause are common in residential transactions, however, a court will often inquire into the circumstances of the transaction to insure that the purchaser gave an informed consent to the waiver. The old adage, Let the buyer beware, still has application in today s marketplace. However, the seller should also be vigilant to insure that he doesn t experience the unintended consequence of a post sale claim for a redhibitory defect. The final result boils down to how the transaction is negotiated and making sure the properly drafted documents reflect that agreement. Steven A. Watts, a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, has been a practicing attorney for over 35 years. His office is located at 4200 S. I-10 Service Road, Suite 110, in Metairie. Estate planning, wills, trusts, successions, business transactions and corporate, franchise and real estate law are his primary areas of practice. Watts is also the owner and manager of Amerititle, Inc. and can be reached at or 62 menu items under $10...Brazilian deli serving an impressive array of meat pies, some very novel sandwiches and a Saturday afternoon stew like no other. Gambit Daily specials $8 36 Grilled Brazilian Cut Top sirloin steak Coxinha deep-fried fritters made with spiced & floured shredded chicken. Feijoada traditional black bean & pork stew made with salted pork, smoked pork ribs & smoked sausage served with collard greens, orange slices & rice sprinkled with tapioca flour (farofa). Breakfast served Daily Authentic BrAziliAn Cuisine made Fresh DAily with homemade spices plate lunches, meat pies, savory pastries, fresh cane juice, natural shakes & juices Brazilian Burgers start at $5.75 BRAZILIAN MARKET & CAFE 2424 Williams Blvd., Suite N M-F 7am to 7:30pm, Sat 7am to 7pm, Sun 8am to 5pm Community Kenner Dance Academy affords quality and affordability The Kenner Dance Academy has been a part of the Kenner Parks and Recreation Department for many years. The dance program allows children ages three and up to learn basic technique in ballet, tap, lyrical and jazz. Classes are held once a week at the city s Fassbender Center, located at th Street. The lessons start in September and conclude with an on stage performance dance revue at the Pontchartrain Center in June Students are placed by age, years of dance and ability. Kenner Parks and Recreation Leisure Service Manager Kerri McGovern Diaz said, The Kenner Dance Academy is such a great asset for the city. The dance program averages 200 student participants each year and continues to grow. Dance Supervisor Debbie Reese has done an exceptional job expanding the dance program to include a marching group for parades comprised of a dance team, baton team and flag team. New to the Kenner Dance Academy last year was the creation of small competition groups that brought home several awards. The groups competed in Starbound Competition and StarSystems in Baton Rouge and Dance Magic in Kenner and received numerous awards at each competition including gold, high gold, platinum and first overall. Auditions for this year s competition teams will be held in September 2014 but enrollment in the Kenner Dance Academy program is required to audition. New and returning students will be excited to enjoy new dance floors recently installed at the Fassbender studio. The floors are specifically designed for dance studios and will positively enhance the experience of the dancers. It has always been the city s goal to provide high quality programs like this to the citizens for a fraction of the cost of private studios, said Diaz. Registration for new dance students will start on August 11, See the eight-page center insert in this issue of the Kenner Star for more information on all programs that are offered by Kenner Recreation s Leisure Service Division in the fall.

23 Sports Les Miles wins big but garners little respect By Ken Trahan KENNER ST R AUGUST Call him the Pied Piper, the master of malapropism, The Hat. Call him unappreciated, a guy Rodney Dangerfield would clearly relate to. While all of these descriptions would seem to fit Les Miles, the one thing you can call him is winner. There is no denying this very basic fact. The numbers speak for themselves. Despite his success Baton Rouge, Miles remains disrespected in some circles. The latest slap in the face to Miles comes in a recent story by Bryan Fischer rated the top 14 coaches in the country for Needless to say, Miles did not make the list. In nine years at LSU, Miles has compiled an extremely impressive record (79.8 percent wins) along with a national championship and another national championship game appearance. He was the national coach of the year by virtually every entity to present that award in He is an impressive 6-3 in bowl games. He has won a pair of SEC championships and three SEC West Division titles. The 60-year-old Miles is signed through He isn t going anywhere, much to the chagrin of some detractors. While Miles has more supporters than detractors, he has lived in the shadow of his predecessor throughout his tenure. While the comparisons to Nick Saban are unavoidable, inevitable, frequent, they are patently unfair. Saban left LSU for the NFL, not for Alabama. While it is easy to debate whether he made the right decision or not, no one could blame him. The NFL is the highest level. The money Wayne Huizenga offered was hard to refuse. After the Miami Dolphins passed on Drew Brees due to reports from their medical staff, Saban was not long for the place. That decision likely still haunts him and the Miami franchise today. Saban ended up at Alabama. The rest is history. Alabama and Saban have won 5-of-8 games against LSU and Miles. No other SEC coach or program has beaten Alabama as much during that period of time. Still, Saban has the upper hand. Virtually no national observer or analyst feels Miles is a better coach than Saban, who has won three national championships with the Crimson Tide after winning one with LSU. Saban reportedly rebuffed serious overtures from Texas after last season to remain at Alabama, where he is under contract through He isn t going anywhere. Miles and LSU will have to continue to deal with the monster. The criteria in the story cites a pair of statistics for each coach, including career record and NFL draft picks over the last five years. As you likely concluded, Saban tops the list at number one. As for Miles? He did not make the list. While Miles was shutout from consideration, consider those that are on the list. No one can have any problem with Saban, who is in eight seasons with the Crimson Tide. Number two is Chris Peterson, who recently left Boise State to take the head coaching position at Washington. With an 88 percent winning percentage (92-12) at a non-power conference school, Peterson belongs on the list. He has done a masterful job, twice leading Boise State to BCS bowl games. He is 5-2 overall in bowl games. Of course, he has never reached a national championship game, much less won one. Number three is Urban Meyer, who won two national championships at Florida and who has Ohio State poised to contend for a national championship, going 24-2 in two seasons at Columbus. I have no problem with Meyer being high on the list. He has earned it. Of course, Miles was 3-3 versus Meyer when he was with the Gators. Number four is David Shaw of Stanford. Shaw has proven himself to be an excellent coach, finally escaping the shadows of Jim Harbaugh, proving that he is his own man with his own program. Still, Shaw is 34-7 overall in a much shorter period of time with no national championship game appearances. Number five is Bill Snyder at Kansas State. In his second tenure on the job, Snyder has done a masterful job in a place where no one else has come close to winning and winning consistently. His record speaks for itself. Still, KSU has not reached a national title game under Snyder. Art Briles of Baylor is number six. Clearly an innovator, Briles has an exciting offense and has lifted the Bears to new heights, led by a Heisman Trophy winner in Robert Griffin, III. He is in six years at Baylor, a far cry from the mark of Miles. Oklahoma s Bob Stoops occupies the number seven spot. Perhaps he should be higher. Stoops is in 15 seasons (80.4 percent wins). Like Miles, he has won a national championship and coached the Sooners to three other national championship games. In the 2003 season, Stoops lost to LSU and Saban for the national championship. Mark Dantonio of Michigan State is number eight. Dantonio is a good coach at an emerging program. It is hard for the Spartans to overcome Ohio State and Michigan, who have greater traditions and talent bases to draw from but Dantonio is getting it done. He is in eight years and 4-4 in bowl games. He has not threatened reaching a national championship game. Gary Patterson of TCU is number nine. Patterson is a very good coach who has built a consistent winner at a place that had not won consistently in years. Patterson is in 14 seasons (73.2 pecent wins). Miles beat Patterson and TCU to open the 2013 season. In his first two seasons in the Big 12, Patterson has posted a 6-12 conference record. At number 10 is David Cutcliffe, who was undeservingly run out at Ole Miss and has done a fine job at Duke. He is an outstanding strategist who gets the most out of his players. It is nearly impossible to win at Duke. Cutcliffe did last season. Of course, that was his first winning season in six years with the Blue Devils. Steve Spurrier checks in at number 11. Perhaps he should be higher. Spurrier won a national championship at Florida before making an ill-advised move to the Washington Redskins. At South Carolina, he has guided the Gamecocks to unprecedented levels of success over 10 seasons. He has won his last three bowl games. Miles is 3-0 against Spurrier and South Carolina. Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M checks in at number 12. He recruits well. He did a good job at Houston. He must now navigate without Johnny Manziel. We shall see. Sumlin is 20-6 in two seasons in the SEC. Two of those six losses have come to Miles and LSU. Jimbo Fisher of Florida State is at number 13. The former LSU assistant (served under Saban and Miles) just led the Seminoles to a national championship, ending the SEC s iron grip on the trophy at seven seasons. He has restored the roar in Tallahassee. Fisher is in five seasons. He is very good and should move up on this list. Mike Riley of Oregon State is at number 14. In 13 years on the job in Corvallis, Riley is at a place that is tough to win at. The former New Orleans Saints assistant is the all-time winningest coach in school history. He is an excellent game day coach. Still, the Beavers have not come close to winning a Pac 12 title. Miles is 1-0 against Riley and OSU. Why the lack of respect? Perhaps is the unorthodox, sometimes strange moves Miles makes on game days including poor clock management or his perplexing What did he say? interviews. Miles has seven 10-win seasons in nine years at LSU. In the cold, big business of college football at the highest level (SEC), you are ultimately judged by results, regardless of how you get it done. Miles has won, won consistently and won big. Whether that is a result of the program Saban built or not, he has continued the high level of success long after Saban s departure. Could others have done the same? Possibly, but they have not. Miles has done so. Clearly, he recruits very well. Regardless of how good a coach you are (see Cutcliffe), you will not win consistently or win big without good players. Under Miles, LSU leads the SEC with 60 players drafted in his nine years on the job. Under Miles, LSU has the most wins (94) in the conference over the last nine seasons. Miles is not Saban. He never will be. What he is should be obvious a consistent winner at the highest level. When it comes to lists, this list is, well, miles apart from being accurate without the inclusion of The Mad Hatter. Ken Trahan serves as sports director of WGSO 990 AM/ and is president and general manager of www. Trahan is the also the general manager and chairman of the board of the Saints Hall of Fame Museum in the Louisiana Superdome, and runs the Life Resources Sports Ministry. In Operation over 18 years

24 16 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R Home SABELLA S PLUMBING SMALL JOBS Repairs Drain Cleaning Hot Water Heaters Residential Repairs Servicing Metairie & Kenner Sammy Sabella Licensed Master Plumber Marie Clesi, Agent 2401 Veterans Memorial Blvd Kenner, LA Bus: Owner/Operated Over 25 Years Talk to your neighbors, then talk to me. See why State Farm insures more drivers than GEICO and Progressive combined. Great service, plus discounts of up to 40 percent.* Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. CALL FOR QUOTE 24/7. Making the switch to LED lighting By Dan Dormady So just when we are becoming a little more comfortable with compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), we now have to think about buying light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs instead. LEDs are electronic, solid state lighting and we ve been looking at it for years in our clock radios, microwaves and other equipment. The LED is one of today s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. The technology has advanced far enough to provide interior lighting, although it is still evolving and not all lamps are quite ready for prime time. People like the fact that LEDs don t have any mercury in them, so there is no fear of difficult cleanup (and they generally don t break like a regular bulb anyway). Quality LED products can last 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb and use 75 percent less energy. LEDs typically last an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 hours, compared to about 10,000 hours for CFLs and about 1,000 for incandescent bulbs. Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each) and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today s electricity prices. LED lighting, however, is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper and a mix of red, green and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light. LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed down lights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture. LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90 percent of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80 percent of their energy as heat. So what are you as the consumer to do? First, accept the fact that incandescent light bulbs are now an obsolete, inefficient technology and you won t be able to buy them too much longer. The choice between CFLs and LEDs, for now at least, is partly financial and partly aesthetic. LEDs are more expensive, but they last much longer, so if you can afford to spend the extra money, you ll end up even or better in the long run over CFLs. As for the aesthetics, check out several different Energy Star labeled lamps and figure out what kind of light you like. Then stock up on them. Finally, when replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs, you may need to replace devices such as dimmer switches and motion sensors so that these devices will be compatible with and not cause premature failure of the LED bulbs. A professional electrician can help you with this and make any device modifications necessary. Dan Dormady, P.E. is a licensed professional engineer and licensed home inspector and the president of Criterium-Dormady Engineers, a locally owned consulting engineering firm specializing in residential and commercial building inspection services. Dormady can be reached at , P.O. Box Metairie, LA , or at Criterium-Dormady Engineers website is *Discounts vary by states. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Indemnity Company, Bloomington, IL Real Estate The art of the approach: Curb appeal and more By Linda R. Martin Complete Pest & Termite Control 4400 Wabash Street, Metairie, LA (504) fax (504) years experience FREE ESTIMATES Call today for expert installation by Brazilian native Fernando. Ceramic - Marble Porcelain - Stones Floors - Backsplashes Owner/Installer: Fernando Calore When considering the mysteries of what attracts the ultimate buyer, few will deny that curb appeal is sort of a magic bullet. Buyers who rely on this might overlook a treasure in the rough, but savvy sellers know curb appeal is a key tool to finding a buyer more quickly. Curb appeal is key when buyers are looking through multiple properties, getting a feel for neighborhoods or just driving by. With the importance of the curb view, the primary photographs used are of high importance. Simply put, painting and pruning trees and shrubbery can transform a home, helping shed light on its features. Other aspects of the approach to the home can be equally enticing and help pave the way for a successful interior viewing. When care is taken with the exterior of the home, people will feel that the interior has been well treated also. Driveways and walkways that are well maintained and artfully presented greet potential buyers as soon as they step out of their vehicles. Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves can create slick areas on driveways and walkways and be unattractive if allowed to affect landscaping. A helpful exercise is to take a cold, unbiased look on the various approaches to your property. Notice details, take pictures and address any detractions. All views are important because they are attention-getting elements of the property you are selling. A bad view will immediately deter a buyer. Inside the home, walk through and note all approaches so that you can create views that attract. Make sure lighting, furniture and clutter are all under control. For creating the best impression Ensure that the yard and landscaping is neat, tidy and wellmaintained. Freshly pruned vegetation illustrates careful stewardship. If flowering plants are past their prime, trim and add seasonal color. Re-edge, add mulch. Control growth of large trees to optimize light and safety of the home. Remove debris under trees. Pay close attention to the front door and the garage doors, as these are what greets the buyers. Clean steps ensuring they are free of scratches, chips, moss or signs of wear. Repair or upgrade handrails. Invest in new numbers making it easy to find. Pressure wash the exterior, be sure the gutters are clean. Upgrade lighting by doors and walkways. Upgrade your mailbox creating a safe and secure mail receptacle Ensure that windows and screens are clean and well maintained. Shutters should also be in top shape. Drapes, shades and blinds should all be in good working order. Decks can be used year-round in many places. Spruce up your deck, porch or patio and show what an inviting space it can be to potential buyers. Linda R. Martin, who is licensed in Louisiana, can be reached at or at her Gardner Realtors office located at 4140 Williams Boulevard in Kenner, LA. Gardner Realtors is a local independently owned and operated company. Visit the company website at

25 Banking KENNER ST R AUGUST Life lessons By Guy Williams My wife and I just returned from a really great weekend with my first business partner, Abe, and his wife, Linda. We talked, laughed and reminisced. As I think about the weekend, I realize that I learned a lot more about business from our partnership than I did in business school. The first principal is to only go into business with people that you trust completely. Abe handled the finances and I handled operations. There was never a dollar out of place and we never had an argument about money. I now realize that this sort of relationship is rare but you still want to strive for complete confidence in your partners. Our early investments were all short of cash and because of this, we did everything ourselves. This was really good experience and it taught us aspects of the business; including how to function with very little sleep. The life lesson is that in a new business cash is king so don t waste a penny. The next lesson was to under promise and over deliver. We always met our deadlines and usually finished earlier. This really helped us build goodwill and gain referrals which brought us repeat customers. We also always did a little more than what was expected. This really helped us build goodwill. Over time we gained referrals which brought us repeat customers. We were also available to hear customer s complaints. We listened carefully and then apologized if we had done anything wrong or made a mistake. Many times the apology and recognition of their issue was all that our customers wanted. If we had to fix something we did it quickly and well. Some of our complaining folks turned into our best repeat customers. When we were strapped for cash, which was most of the time, we always told our creditors when we would pay. They didn t always like the answer but they came to realize that we would always answer their calls and always tell them the truth about payment dates. This apparently worked well since we were able to borrow for expansion on a regular basis. The final lesson came from Abe s mom. She sat us down one day and said, Boys, always live below your means. That way when the hard times come, and they will always come, you won t have to change your standard of living. She was right. Hard times did come. We made it through because we were living below our means. I still live this way and encourage our customers to do the same. So, pick your partners carefully, don t waste a penny, keep your customers satisfied and keep your creditors up to date. These lessons have served me well through the years. If you are interested in starting a new business, please stop by your local community bank. Life lessons and business loans are both available. Guy Williams is president and chief executive officer of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company. Their Kenner branch office is located at 3410 Williams Boulevard. Brian Behlar, branch manager, can be contacted at Visit Gulf Coast Bank and Trust s website at Health Nutrition and arthritis By Craig Goodwin Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States affecting over 43 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the breakdown of cartilage that lines or cushions the ends of bones. As cartilage deteriorates, bones begin to rub against one another causing stiffness and pain that make the joint difficult to use. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, characterized by inflammation Community of the lining (synovium) of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability. Nutrition is a vital tool in fighting arthritis. Food allergy can trigger arthritis for some people. If there is a food that makes your joints hurt or swell, you should avoid it, no matter how healthy it would be for someone who s not sensitive to it. Foods affect the joints in two major ways. First, certain foods trigger the symptoms of rheumatoid Gulf Coast Bank and Trust named top community bank leader in social media On June 30, 2014, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) released the Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media and the Top 25 Community Banker Influencers on Twitter. This is the second year that ICBA has compiled these two lists, which highlight the community bank social media trailblazers among the financial industry. Gulf Coast Bank was featured on the list. Congratulations to Gulf Coast Bank for being featured on ICBA s Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media, said ICBA Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Lorence. Consumers are expecting their financial institutions to have strong brand identity online. These top community banks and bankers understand that building a brand goes beyond just a physical presence they consistently introduce fresh content and interact with their customers. ICBA is proud to highlight Gulf Coast Bank for making social media an integral part of their brand and communications strategy. We congratulate them on their success. Nearly 6,500 community banks throughout the nation were eligible to be part of ICBA s list. Community banks were chosen based on their engagement with fans and followers, the content distributed on their social media platforms, the number of fans and/or followers they have, and the frequency of posting new content. Several of the community banks featured on ICBA s Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media will be profiled in September s issue of ICBA Independent Banker. There are nearly 2,500 banks that have a Facebook and Twitter presence, including more than 1,700 on Facebook alone. Of all the banks that have Facebook pages, more than half are banks that have between $100 million and $500 million in assets. Gulf Coast Bank is pleased to be featured on ICBA s Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in Social Media list, said Guy Williams, president of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company. It is an honor for us to be recognized for our efforts on social media because we see it as a unique channel for communicating with our customers and strengthening ties with both our customers and com munity. To view the entire 50 community banks and 25 community bankers featured on these lists, visit For additional information about ICBA, visit arthritis and eliminating these foods sometimes causes even long-standing symptoms to improve or even remit entirely. Second, certain fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory action that can reduce joint pain, stiffness and swelling. In 1981, the British Medical Journal reported the case of a woman whose battle with rheumatoid arthritis suddenly ended when doctors discovered that her symptoms were triggered by corn products. Corn was eliminated from her diet and after 25 years of joint pains, her symptoms were gone. The most common nutritional recommendations that help reduce the symptoms of arthritis are to eat six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day choosing those with bright or deep colors like cherries, berries and sweet potatoes. Extra-virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil and flaxseed meal also have significant anti-inflammatory effects. Beans and other legumes are an excellent nutritional food that has anti-inflammatory effects. Using spices in preparing your food, such as ginger, will also provide excellent anti-inflammatory effects. The amount of ginger usually used is one-half to one teaspoon (one to two grams) of powdered ginger each day and other spices, including clove oil, garlic, turmeric and cumin have shown similar effects. One of the most significant things you can do is to avoid sugar and foods with added sugar and refined carbohydrates. Several studies have shown that consuming foods of this type aggravates inflammation. Physical activity and weight loss are two effective non-drug treatments for osteoarthritis. Physical activity on a regular basis helps strengthen muscles and bones, increase flexibility and stamina, and improve your general sense of wellbeing. Shedding extra pounds can ease the strain on your joints as every pound lost reduces the burden on your knees by four pounds. Eating the right foods along with increasing your physical activity and reducing your weight can help reduce your symptoms of arthritis and improve your quality of life. Craig Goodwin, physical therapist, is president of Kenner Orthopedic and Sports Therapy located at 3921 Williams Boulevard in Kenner and at two other locations in Metairie and on the West Bank. Goodwin graduated from LSU Medical School Department of Allied Health Department of Physical Therapy in The professionals at Kenner Orthopedic and Sports Therapy can be contacted via at or by visiting Attention Business Owners Be An Achiever! Generate Solid Leads Learn Leadership Skills Be A Confident Public Speaker Improve Profitability The Executive Achievers Association meets bi-weekly for breakfast. August 7 & 21, 2014 at Messina s Catering, 2717 Williams Blvd., Kenner THE EXECUTIVE ACHIEVERS ASSOCIATION Call Randy Lovitt at for more information on becoming a member

26 18 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R Health Meniscus tears: A common cause of knee pain By Thomas R. Lyons, M.D. Meniscus tears of the knee are a very common knee condition seen in patients of all ages. The meniscus is a fibrocartilage crescent-shaped structure within the knee that functions as a shock absorber as well as provides stability to the knee. The knee contains two menisci, the medial meniscus (inside aspect of knee) and the lateral meniscus (outside aspect of knee). The medial meniscus is torn much more commonly than the lateral meniscus. Meniscus tears as a result of trauma or injury are common in younger patients involved in sports. Meniscus tears can also occur without trauma as a result of degenerative changes in older individuals; these degenerative meniscus tears often coexist with osteoarthritis. Patients with a meniscus tear may present with a history of twisting injury to the knee or with atraumatic gradual onset of symptoms localized to one side of the knee. Patients may complain of sharp pain with walking, kneeling, squatting or other activity. Patients may report knee swelling and note mechanical knee catching, locking or giving way. Physical examination of the knee may show an effusion (swelling) and usually demonstrates joint line tenderness in the area of the meniscus tear. Plain X-rays of the knee may be normal in patients with a meniscus tear. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is often useful in diagnosing a meniscus tear. Treatment of meniscus tears depends on many factors including patient age, patient activity level, severity and type of symptoms, and presence of coexisting conditions. In active individuals with a symptomatic meniscus tear and without significant arthritic disease, knee arthroscopy with meniscus repair or partial removal can provide excellent relief of complaints. In more sedentary individuals with meniscus tears along with symptomatic arthritis, other treatments such as medication, joint injections, or in some cases joint replacement surgery may be appropriate. An evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon is necessary to properly diagnose and treat a knee meniscus tear. Addressing the needs of limited English learners By Dr. James Meza, Jr. Jefferson Parish Public School System Superintendent The Jefferson Parish Public School System is the largest and most diverse public school district in Louisiana, with over 47,000 students representing more than 55 countries. Twenty-one percent of the system s students are of Latino decent. This is a major shift for the district, but one that offers opportunities for JPPSS to build upon the strength of diversity and ensure academic success for all of our children. More than ten percent of our students, or 4,600, are limited English learners. In an effort to increase academic achievement and serve the increasing number of ELL students, JPPSS has appointed Karina Castillo as the district s new executive director of English language learners, a position that will be responsible for overseeing programs and strategies that serve this growing population. Mrs. Castillo, the former principal of Harold Keller Elementary School in Metairie, brings to this position both experience working directly with large populations of ELL students and a proven track record of improving student outcomes as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Her leadership as the executive director of English language learners will be critical as we continue our efforts to provide ELL students with the necessary support to ensure their academic success. School Thomas R. Lyons, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with over 10 years experience. The Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine is a multi-specialty center dedicated to complete musculoskeletal care with focused expertise in shoulder and knee injuries. Offices are located in Kenner and Metairie. For additional information call or visit www. As executive director of ELL, Mrs. Castillo plans to be visible, going to schools in Kenner and across Jefferson Parish in order to work closely with principals and teachers. She will engage various ELL families and communities in order to ascertain effective ways to communicate information. Identifying and implementing effective ways to serve our children and their families is paramount. JPPSS has hired more interpreters and offers translations of information in more than 50 languages on the district s website. As superintendent, I am proud to serve the myriad of rich and vibrant cultural backgrounds that make up our district. I truly believe that addressing the needs of our limited English learners and building upon our diversity will be a critical piece of our work to ultimately prepare our children to thrive in a global economy. Dr. James Meza Jr. is currently the superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS), Louisiana s largest and most diverse school district serving 47,000 students. Meza s experience in education spans more than 40 years in teaching and leadership positions both at the K-12 and higher education levels. Visit the JPPSS website at Drop-off recycling services in north Kenner continue despite fire in receiving container Recycling drop-off services will continue at the North Kenner Park location off of 38th Street between Williams Boulevard and Martinique Avenue despite a fire in the container that was discovered on July 22, 2014, Ramelli Waste officials said. A temporary replacement was swapped out on July 24 with the damaged container, said Crystal Middlebrook, operations manager for Ramelli. There will be no interruption of service, she said, adding that the Community new container will look different because there are no city of Kenner stickers. Once we have the other one repaired, we will switch them out. The fire apparently started sometime overnight on July 21, Middlebrook said. A police report has been filed; but so far, the cause of the fire is unclear. Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Kenner Police Department at or Crimestoppers at Tips can also be submitted anonymously online at public/tipentry.asp. Alfred Bonnabel High School Multi-Class Reunion Saturday, October 11, 2014 The Rose Garden - Harahan 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m $69 per person - Semi-formal For ticket info contact Alfred Reyes at

27 Entertainment KENNER ST R AUGUST Kick off the football season with Treasure Chest this August By Mike Garms Treasure Chest Casino General Manager August has arrived, and like every year around this time, most conversations throughout the New Orleans area switch from including Where Y at? to Who Dat? Our local NFL football team once again begins its journey to achieve one of sports premiere titles, that of Super Bowl Champs. As each year passes, we grow more accustomed to watching those beloved Saints climb the division rankings. And, this year proves to be no different as this team has a good chance to fight through until the end and raise that trophy once more. As a Wisconsin native, October 26 will be a day circled on my calendar as my underdog Packers will visit the Dome in hopes of keeping pace with the high powered Saints offense and their mighty home field advantage. It should be a great game to watch. The action won t only be at the Dome this football season. Be sure to visit us at the Treasure Chest and watch the Black and Gold every week in our showroom. Enjoy our large screen TVs, food and drink specials and a room full of diehard Who Dats. The showroom doors will open 30 minutes prior to each game. Plus, if you want to get in on the action of our hot tables but don t want to miss the action of the Black and Gold, don t worry. We have added new TVs to our table games area to enjoy watching the game while you play. And don t forget about our annual Pick the Pros competition. Just stop by any of our promotional kiosks each week Tuesday through Saturday to pick your favorite football teams. Be one of the top ten performers with the most correct picks that week and you could win a share of over $2,000 Slot Dollars with a top prize of $500 Slot Dollars. Begin making your picks starting August 26. The football action doesn t stop there. Be sure to visit Treasure Chest on Saturday, August 23 before or during the Saints game to win a selection of prizes. Earn 100 points and then stop by the B Connected club from noon 10:00 p.m. to receive a scratch card. Be the coach and select whether to run or pass on your scratch card and you could win up to $2,000 Slot Dollars, awesome tailgate items or other great prizes. No matter what you choose, every scratch card is a winner. Join us this August as each day is a celebration of the Black and Gold at Treasure Chest Casino! Come out and join the party with friends and family. The team members and I look forward to seeing you. Players must be 21 or older to enter casino and showroom. Rules and restrictions apply to all promotions. Visit Treasure Chest for full details. Treasure Chest Casino is located at 5050 Williams Boulevard in Kenner on Lake Pontchartrain in Laketown. For more information visit or call Treasure Chest Casino offers entertainment in August Treasure Chest Casino offers free live entertainment in the casino s Caribbean Showroom. Treasure Chest Casino is located in Laketown at 5050 Williams Boulevard in Kenner. The casino is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday and from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The casino s phone number is Visit the casino s website, www., for more information. Below is a list of entertainment, schedule and times subject to change. Friday, August 1 Esplanade 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13 Harvey Jesus and Fire 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23 N.O. Football Game Blue Eyed Soul Review 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Saturday, August 2 Flipside 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sunday, August 3 WTIX Radio Show 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6 Harvey Jesus and Fire 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Thursday, August 14 Foret Tradition 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday, August 15 New Orleans Football Game Saturday, August 16 Limited Edition 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sunday, August 24 WTIX Radio Show 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 27 Harvey Jesus and Fire 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28 New Orleans Football Game Dr. James A. Crouch is pleased to welcome Dr. Nicole Russo to his practice of Family Dentistry Thursday, August 7 Foret Tradition 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday, August 8 New Orleans Football Game Saturday, August 9 John Pierre & Expressions 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sunday, August 17 WTIX Radio Show 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 20 Harvey Jesus and Fire 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Thursday, August 21 Foret Tradition 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday, August 29 Billy Asprodites & the Lagniappe Band 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday, August 30 River City Hit Squad 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sunday, August 10 WTIX Radio Show 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Friday, August 22 Witness 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Dr. James A. Couch, Dr. Nicole Russo Kenner Police Department Drug Tip Hotline West Esplanade Avenue Kenner

28 20 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R Latin American News Tope de Santo Domingo de Guzmán By Rafael E. Saddy The Nicaraguan Association extends an invitation to all to join in sharing the celebration of Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Saint Dominick), the patron saint of Nicaragua. The celebration will take place on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Kenner Heritage Park located 303 Williams Boulevard. At the end of the 19th century, in Managua, Nicaragua, the discovery, surrounded by mysticism, of a small Catholic statuette of Saint Dominic (Santo Domingo) de Guzmán provoked the start and evolution of a massive traditional festivity that is colorful and full of fervor and happiness which ultimately transformed into 10 days of festivities of the capital city. In Kenner, that tradition is carried out at a smaller scale by the Asociación Nicaragüense de Louisiana (ANDELA) and its sponsors starting with a St. Dominick Mass at 4:00 p.m. at the chapel in Kenner s Heritage Park. Following the Mass, the festivities take off featuring the traditional popular characters that are typically Nicaraguan, such as the Gigantona, a gigantic woman that dances to the sound of drums, the Cabezón, her short and big-headed dance partner and life-size bull and cows who all dance around the saint as he leaves the chapel and parades through the park. Young women dressed in folkloric costumes and representing the different regions in Nicaragua Recipe Corner Mini Texas Corn Dogs By also accompany the colorful parade. The protocol continues with the swearing in of the incoming Mayordomo, the Mayor of the Festival and the special recognition to the city of Kenner with Mayor Michael S. Yenni as honorary mayor of city of Managua for this day. Ending the protocol is the crowning of the India Bonita, queen of the festival. The festival is followed by a dance-party featuring a popular local musician and live band Ovi G & the Froggies (Las Ranas). They will be playing folkloric, salsa and Latin dance music for the audience. Net proceeds from donations and sponsorships will be used for the annual purchase of Christmas toys for disadvantaged children in Nicaragua. To learn more about the festivities of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and to experience first-hand the culture, food, music, sights and sounds from the Latin community, join us for a family gathering at the Kenner Heritage Park in Kenner Rivertown. For information call Community announcements August 9 Asociación Nicaragüense de Louisiana (ANDELA), El Tope de Santo Domingo festival at the Kenner Heritage Park. The event is open to the public. For information call August 24 Unidad Hispanoamericana general meeting and planning 2014 pageant event. For information call Kenner Hispanic Resource Center The center offers various programs as well as access 2 2/3 cups yellow cornmeal 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for rolling hot dogs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups whole milk Vegetable oil for frying 1 dozen hot dogs There s something about corn dogs that brings out happiness in kids! And when those kids get to prepare their own corn dogs place the skewer, roll in batter, submerge in hot oil (with the aid of an adult), that happiness cannot be contained! Kids have their own personal style of eating homemade corn dogs, too. Some dunk in ketchup, some in yellow mustard and some in spicy Tabasco mustard. Others love to unroll the tender corn bread rolls from the wiener and save for last. The best part! Start by cutting each wiener in half to make the perfect size for kids, as well as adults. With a paper towel, pat dry the wieners. Skewer the wieners. Roll in a mix of 1/2 cup all-purpose flour sprinkled with Cajun seasoning. Gently shake off excess. Dip in the gorgeous golden butter-colored batter (corn meal, rest of flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper, eggs and milk) and allow excess to drip off. Gently place in the hot oil. The corn dogs will roll and puff and float to the top. They will be golden brown and ready in about five minutes. You can also fry pickles and onions with the same process and serve French fries and jalapenos to complete your dinner. The website is a food blog dedicated to the enjoyment of food with gusto by Joy Fontenelle Hirdes and Gustavo Gonzalez. Comments and questions are welcomed and can be sent to For detailed recipe directions and step by step photos visit Community to information and referrals for all sorts of issues. For information call Hablemos Claro KTV-76 has Hispanic TV programs every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. For more information and program schedule go to and click on the KTV logo. I leave you with this thought. A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Rafael E. Saddy is a public relations officer for the Latin American Civic Association of Louisiana (LACAL). Saddy at Correspondence should be sent to P.O. Box , Kenner, LA Jefferson Chamber to host 15th annual golf classic in September The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will host its 15th annual golf classic, presented by Mass Mutual Financial Group, on Thursday, September 18 at TPC Louisiana. As a prominent and well-attended Jefferson Parish event, the annual golf classic provides players the opportunity to enjoy a day on the links with business colleagues, clients or prospects, and network with Jefferson Chamber leadership, board members and key decision makers in our community, said Chamber President Todd Murphy. It s a great opportunity as we launch our West Bank initiative, to take our golf tournament to one of the premier golf courses in the state, which happens to be on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish, said Murphy. The 15th Annual Jefferson Chamber Golf Classic check in time will be 11:30 a.m. with a 1:00 shotgun start. A reception and awards ceremony will follow the tournament. TPC Louisiana is located at Lapalco Boulevard in Avondale. Admission for an individual golfer is $225 and a foursome is $900. Sponsorship 0pportunities are available and range from $200 to $2,500. The Jefferson Chamber s event sponsors including presenting sponsor, Mass Mutual Financial Group, and Adams and Reese LLP, Boomtown Casino and Hotel New Orleans, Budweiser, Chehardy Sherman, Coca Cola, Coventry Health Care, Cox Communications, Don Juan Cigar Company, Executone, Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, First NBC Bank, Gulf Coast Bank, HCA Healthcare, International Drug Detection, Lucky Dogs, Metairie Bank, Nicoll s Limousine, Progressive Waste Solutions, Select Properties, Ltd., Senator Danny Martiny, South Coast Solar, Spherion Staffing Services, Treasure Chest Casino, Universal Data Incorporated, West Jefferson Medical Center, WGNO-TV (ABC) / NOLA 38 (CW),and Zito Companies. Proceeds from the event support the business organization s efforts in public policy advocacy and quality of life initiatives. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at or by calling /2 Mile Run and 2 Mile Run Walk Friday August 8, 2014 Join LPBF for the 2nd Annual Lakefront Lighthouse Stroll Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is gearing up for our 2nd Annual Lakefront Lighthouse Stroll, scheduled for Friday, August 8th. Registration begins at 5:00 pm with the 1/2 mile starting at 6:30 pm. The race course will be along scenic Lakeshore Drive beginning and ending in front of the New Canal Lighthouse. The 610 Stompers will provide the pre-race warm up and entertainment. The post-race party will be at the lighthouse immediately following the races. The party will feature food, drinks, children s educational activities and entertainment by The Prescriptions. So dust off those running shoes and register for this great, family-friendly event! For race details visit

29 Community KENNER ST R AUGUST Mayor Michael S. Yenni Important Emergency Contacts Kenner City Hall LA State Trooper Kenner Police OR 911 Jeff Parish Sheriff Kenner Fire OR 911 Entergy Public Works Atmos Code Enforcement Water Dept Veolia (Sewerage) Red Cross (Local) Kenner Fire Department from page 1 a Class 1 rating, and we hope to achieve that in the future, Hellmers said. Hellmers said businesses save about three to four percent on insurance premiums because of the Class 2 rating. In addition to similar savings for residents, a Class 2 rating verifies that a department maintains an excellent response time to fire calls. The Class 2 rating is even more impressive when considered on a national scale. Less than two percent of all departments in the country have achieved Class 2 status. While saving money is important, the primary issue is safety, and with a Class 2 rating, residents can rest assured the Kenner Fire Department has both the resources and the training to provide topnotch fire protection, Yenni said. Aveda s new invati hair care line for thicker, fuller hair! At GeorGy s Now!! Kenner Star from page 1 readers with information that is relevant to them and our area. We try to help increase profits for our advertisers by highlighting their businesses which increases the city s sales tax income, thus making a positive contribution toward the quality of life in the city, said Lovitt. Our goal has been to help business owners and institutions who have invested in Kenner and we urge our residents to shop and patronize them by keeping it local. The Kenner Star, a privately owned company published by Kenner Star, Inc., converted to a monthly publication in 1993 and is mailed free to almost 20,000 registered voter households in Kenner. The Kenner Star is also distributed to about 100 high-traffic locations throughout Kenner. The Kenner Star s website is Reduce hair loss by 33% in 12 weeks 97% natural We CAn lower your Current HoMeoWner PreMiuM! Important weather-related updates Immediately posted on city s website and on Kenner s Facebook page Proudly representing HoMe & Auto insurance At An AffordAble PriCe WilliamS Blvd Since 1987 CAll now! Kevin Guffey

30 22 LA License #28613 AUGUST 2014 KENNER ST R 24-hour electrical service bellco ELECTRiC We install Automatic Standby GENERATORS over 30 Years experience We Sell Boxes & Packing Supplies Including Mattress Bags Dish & Glass Packing Kits Dust Covers Wardrobe Boxes Boxes Tape Bubble Wrap Newsprint Markers Box Cutters Rope 2201 West Napoleon at Williams Blvd. Kenner Landscaping & Design, Lawn Cutting, Mulching, Spruce Ups, Shrub Trimming, Fertilizing, Seasonal Color, Lighting, Fountains, Irrigation Systems, Fountains, Grading, Gates, Pavers and more! FREE ESTIMATES Residential Commercial Residential Commercial Days A Week FREE ESTIMATES REPLACE FIRE HAZARD FUSE BOXES WITH CIRCUIT BREAKERS SAVE 20% ON INSURANCE No Job Too Small - We Do all! METAiRiE KENNER N.O. AREA LICENSED BONDED INSURED OWNER RONNIE BELLACI Big Easy is a Kenner Food Bank collection center 1st Class Lawn Services, LLC Daren J. Dillenkoffer or Licensed & Insured Community Gulf Coast Bank announces second quarter earnings On July 14, 2014, Guy Williams, president of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company, announced record earnings and growth for the quarter ended June 30, Among the significant milestones, the bank grew to $1,156,297 in total assets, an 18 percent increase since year end. Loans grew by over one hundred million dollars, and now total $829,986,114. Pretax earnings were $12,903,736, an increase of approximately two million dollars, which was a 17 percent increase. The bank continues to be a leader in small businesses lending in Louisiana, and one of the state s largest mortgage lenders. In a shareholders meeting, Williams said that the banks success was attributable to a significant increase in mortgage and small business income accompanied by increases in investment and trust income. The bank s business credit, trust and investment divisions continue to make a significant contribution to earnings. Gulf Coast Bank is the largest locally owned and operating bank with 17 branches across southeast Louisiana. Visit or call for more information. Al Copeland Foundation raises over $63,000 for cancer research The Al Copeland 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic raised more than $63,000 for cancer research at Lakewood Golf Club. The tournament was held on June 6, The tournament consisted of 47 teams and 188 golfers that helped support the Copeland/LSU partnership for prevention and new treatment of viral cancers at LSU Health and Sciences Center. The teams enjoyed a round of golf, food and drinks all provided by ACF, its sponsors and its vendors, while giving back to local cancer research and programs. Through various events, ACF has raised over $800,000 to fight cancer. The Copeland/LSU Partnership in Cancer, Viruses and Immunotherapy grew out of the $1 million Al Copeland/Cancer Crusaders Endowed Chair. The partnership is exclusively focused on how to prevent, better treat and eventually cure cancers caused by viruses. Recently, Dr. Augusto Ochoa, director of the LSU Health Sciences Center Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, was named the inaugural recipient of the $1 million Al Copeland /Cancer Crusaders chair in neuroendocrine cancer. My father would be so proud of all that we have accomplished thus far and especially with this year s ACF Golf Classic, said Al Copeland Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Al Copeland Investments. Every year this event grows and it s a great way to raise funds for local cancer research while having a good time. It s unlike any other golf tournament. LSU Health Sciences Center benefits from our fundraising and it is one of only 18 cancer registries in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute. Together we are making a difference to change the course of cancer. The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time. Thomas Jefferson Advertise in the KENNER STHR

31 KENNER ST R AUGUST Citizens advisory committee from page 1 neighborhoods. The mayor selected three people and Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser and each city council member made recommendations to the mayor to form the committee with representation incorporated from all areas of Kenner, as well as in administration and law enforcement. As required by the city charter, the mayor is required to approve and officially appoint all members of the committee. The mayor felt very strongly that we needed citizen input in both in the fight against blight and also zoning issues, said Aimee Vallot who heads the city s department of inspections and code enforcement. Many of the committee members have been involved in the battle against blight in the past. Vallot said the committee meets monthly, usually the second Monday of every month. The purpose of the committee is to provide the mayor and his administration with recommendations with regard to ordinances in an advisory capacity and to discuss issues that are most common and recurring, said Vallot. The focus of the committee is not entirely on blight as a broad spectrum of issues ranging from large commercial vehicles parked in residential areas, parking in front lawns and more recently, the percentage of front lawn to paved driveway will be addressed. The code enforcement department works hand in hand with the city s planning department, which has been in the process of completely revising the city s comprehensive zoning ordinances. I have requested that the members of the committee provide their input with regard to this process, as a lot of the concerns of the committee will be addressed within the new Kenner Unified Resiliency Plan. In following the city charter, Mayor Yenni made all appointments to the committee; however, the committee is comprised of three direct appointments by the mayor with the remaining eight appointments made by recommendation of the police chief and each of the seven city council members. Mayor Yenni s appointments include committee chair Debbie Settoon, a long-time Kenner resident and community leader serving numerous local civic and governmental organizations and current board member of the Civic League of East Jefferson. Also appointed by the mayor is assistant chair Debbie Villio, previously a director of the code enforcement department in Jefferson Parish. Vallot says Villio brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the table. Arthur Dupre, also named by Yenni, is a prosecutor for Kenner s Mayor s Court. Vallot says Dupre brings a great perspective on code enforcement as he deals directly with those individuals cited to appear in court for code violations. Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser named Officer James Virgil to the committee and Councilwoman-at-large Maria DeFrancesch named Margaret Thompson. Councilman-at-large Keith Conley appointed Nicky Nicolosi. District 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll added Marc Johnson to the committee. Gerald Jerry Malise was picked by District 2 Councilman Michael Sigur and District 3 Councilman chose Charles Freel to participate on the committee. District 4 Councilman Leonard Cline decided on Woodward Bud Logan to join the committee with Danny Laird being named by District 5 Councilman Dominick Impastato. Vallot said that in addition to committee members, she welcomes input from Kenner citizens who are aware of blighted conditions and code violations in the city s neighborhoods. As Mayor Yenni says, we are all in this together, said Vallot. Blight affects property values and our quality of life. Conditions of blight make it more difficult for the city to attract young families to Kenner. Code violations can cause many problems including aesthetic issues. All the help we can get will be much appreciated. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx s Bowling with the Board to benefit Angel s Place Sunday August 17, :00 to 8:00 at Rock & Bowl S. Carrollton Street New Orleans, LA Bowling, Music, Great Food, Cocktails, Silent Auction & 50/50 $45.00 a person Proceeds to benefit Angel s Place Hope to see you there! Tickets can be purchased through Please contact Cheryl , for more information or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor. Open to the public, must be 21 to attend. Have a street light out in your neighborhood? Click on Entergy s new online portal to submit streetlight problems. This is the fastest way to get the issue to them.

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