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Manage Water to Prevent Flooding

Manage Water to Prevent Flooding

The “Joy of Water” is modeled after the “Joy of Cooking” book. Check out the PDF of the pamphlet here. The purpose of “The Joy of Water” is to provide the knowledge and tools to motivate individuals to improve drainage at their homes and reduce the negative impacts to our communities and water resources. Using these “recipes“, each of us can collectively impact small scale flooding and water quality across the entire region. If you use all … Read entire article »

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FM Radio Begins Broadcasting in Faubourg St. John

FM Radio Begins Broadcasting in Faubourg St. John

by Charlie London At the September 9th, 2014 meeting at the Fair Grounds, it was announced that a low power FM station will be located in Faubourg St. John at 1138 North Dupre. During daytime hours, a small staff of volunteers and programming technicians will be in the North Dupre office. During the evening hours, the station will switch from talk radio to local music. This programming will be transmitted via software operations from a home computer … Read entire article »

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Holt Cemetery

Holt Cemetery

Originally a cemetery for the city’s indigent population, Holt Cemetery passed through several rounds of ownership before being established by Dr. Joseph Holt, a city board of health official, in 1879. The original 400′ by 600′ plot was increased in 1909 with an additional plot on St. Louis Street. Historically this cemetery is unique in that the burials happen below-ground and the ownership will stay with the family so long as it is well-kept. Unfortunately, … Read entire article »

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A Tribute to Toussaint

A Tribute to Toussaint

photo by Tory Taylor. Faubourg St. John neighbor Kathy Sebastian writes, “For the last 2+ years I’ve been working with WLAE on this project. It was premiered last spring at SyncUp Cinema during Jazz Fest and since then has had a major edit for the national PBS market in spring 2015. It is now ready and will be aired Saturday and Sunday on WLAE and Tuesday LPB. It’s a busy season but if you have … Read entire article »

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The Ferina Family

The Ferina Family

Faubourg St. John neighbor, Robert Thompson sent in this great photo. Gaetano Ferina, Vincenza Campisi Ferina, Josephine Ferina Lama, and Jo-Ann Lama Gibbs Gaetano & Vincenza were both born in Roccamena, Italy. They were married on 7-19-1902 in Iberville Parish. Many thanks to Faubourg St. John neighbor Robert Thompson for sending in this great photo of the Ferina family who used to sell oysters at what is now Fair Grinds at 3133 Ponce de Leon right here in … Read entire article »

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1st Annual Always for Pleasure Festival

1st Annual Always for Pleasure Festival

by Charlie London The 1st Annual Always for Pleasure Festival The Fake Wedding Pt. III held on the Magnolia Bridge over Bayou St. John was the main event of the weekend. Susan Sakash and Casey Coleman expressed their undying love for one another by marrying everyone who attended. The Fake Wedding was immediately followed by a second line with Wits End Brass Band, truck karaoke parade, shocking revelations, delicious beer, new friends, and many surprises. … Read entire article »

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Special Tour: 19th Century Mourning & Interment Customs

Special Tour: 19th Century Mourning & Interment Customs

Special Tour: 19th Century Mourning & Interment Customs The Louisiana Landmarks Society and Save Our Cemeteries have partnered to present a special tour on “19th Century Mourning and Interment Customs.” The tour will showcase both the historic Pitot House museum and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Tour groups will meet at the Pitot House on Bayou St. John at 1:30 pm and walk to the historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. After a visit to the … Read entire article »

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The Desmare Playground Project

The Desmare Playground Project

RAISING FUNDS FOR DESMARE PLAYGROUND The people of Faubourg St. John are always thinking of the neighborhood’s open spaces. From the Bayou to the bridges to the beautiful small parks that connect us, we proudly take a pro-active response to ownership and maintenance of these spaces. The people of Faubourg St. John want to be responsive to the needs of the neighborhood and our growing population of young families; refurbishing Desmare Playground at 3456 Esplanade is … Read entire article »

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FM for Better Sound

FM for Better Sound

When I was a little kid, half a century ago, I distinctly remember the promo that played over and over on FM radio… “FM for better sound… FM for better sound”. You see 50 years ago, before the internet and 1000 songs in the palm of your hand, radio was where you listened to great music. FM was the “better dressed” guy and he wanted everyone to know about it. Faubourg St. John will be getting … Read entire article »

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