The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will have its quarterly general membership meeting at the Fair Grounds Black Gold room at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015.
Some highlights by Nancy Shepard from the February, 2015 meeting of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association:
Captain Scott: Captain Scott went over crime statistics for the area patrolled by the Fairgrounds Patrol. He distributed a 13-page handout showing crime statistics for a 90-day period covering 10/31/2014 – 1/31/2015, and compared our numbers to the city as a whole. Three of the four robberies were cleared by arrest. Of the 20 burglaries in our area, 15 of those occurred in November.
Brian Kelly – Gentilly Food Mart: Mr. Kelly represents Mario Hizaj, the operator of the Gentilly Food Mart, in his effort to secure a beer license. Mr. Kelly stated that the facility is 300’ from the playground, but there are variances allowing stores to sell beer. A copy of Sec. 10-237 of the City Code regarding regulations was provided at the meeting. The variances include limiting the amount of liquor that can be sold, cannot advertise package liquor outside of the business, and re-registering each year. Mr. Hizaj is proposing that 7% of his store will be dedicated to beer and he will provide a monthly donation to the park. The store has closed-circuit TV and he doesn’t allow loitering.
Katie Williams – 1113 Broad Street: Ms. Williams has bought a vacant lot on Broad Street, fenced the lot in, and wants to re-subdivide the property to build two homes that will face Bellechasse Street. Her hearing at the City Planning Commission is on March 9, 2015.
Laura Mellem – Mayor’s Liaison: Ms. Mellem is a Neighborhood Liaison representing Council District A for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office. She also serves on the NORDC Advisory Team. She can provide information on blight, capital projects, zoning and the Neighborhood Participation Plan. Ms. Mellem was asked about the neighborhood parking passes, and she said the program is being revamped within the next month or two. You will be able to re-apply online and the process will be more streamlined. She was also asked about extending the 1st District to include Verna and the portion of Moss Street that is in the 3rd District. Her email is: email@example.com
NOPD Quality of Life Officers Update – Officer Lavigne and Sgt. Hawkins: The officers addressed neighbors’ concerns about ongoing quality of life issues in the neighborhood. S’Express high-content alcohol license has been revoked; after February 19, 2015, summons will be issued if they are selling high-content alcohol. In the 3100 block of St. Ann a summons was issued to a neighbor working on cars in the street.
Monica Rowan – Global Green: Ms. Rowan, with Global Green USA, presented information and handouts about the Energy Smart and Water Wise NOLA programs. The Energy Smart program will be revamped at the end of March. Before March 31, if your hot water heater breaks you can receive discounts on a new hot water heater. Green Light New Orleans will replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs for free. Water Wise NOLA offers workshops on managing rain water that falls on your lot, including rain barrels and rain gardens.
Meet the Board of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association
Steve Mardon is the current president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Steve is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared on websites and in newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, including Newsweek, the Times-Picayune, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Innovations Exchange.” He also has collaborated on three books on health, including The Harvard Medical School Guide to A Good Night’s Sleep. Steve lives on Bell Street with his wife, Kim, and their two daughters.
Jim Danner is the Vice President and Safety Director for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Jim is also the Vice President and Principal Civil Engineer at Denson Engineering where he is responsible for civil and structural engineering design and analysis for a variety of domestic and international clients. Jim’s design experience includes structural and foundation analysis, building renovations, site improvements, utility systems, and marine designs. Jim has examined the Magnolia Bridge for the upcoming renovation and makes sure all the stages are structurally sound every year at Jazz Fest. Jim Danner is recognized by several Federal and State Courts as an expert in Civil and Structural Engineering.
Matthew Amoss grew up in Faubourg St. John and recently moved back to the neighborhood in 2014. Matt is the current treasurer for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Amoss Trading Services, Inc., and an active participant in the community. He is a former Board President of the International School of Louisiana, and currently serves on the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Board. Matthew holds a B.A. in Physics from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Tulane University. He proposed to his now fiancé Madeline Brown on the Magnolia Bridge, and they will be married in April this year within the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park.
Board member Jimmy Fahrenholtz is a stalwart champion for Faubourg St. John. Jimmy has appeared on TV and voiced his advocacy for Faubourg St. John on radio. In fact, he even has his own radio show on WGSO AM 990. Jimmy is a major player in the success of the annual Porch Crawl in Faubourg St. John. His amiable personality keeps everyone going at the daiquiri booth at the Bayou Boogaloo. Jimmy is a retired lawyer and served on the Orleans Parish School Board.
Seth Levine is a partner in Jones Walker’s Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm’s New Orleans office. His practice involves a wide range of commercial transactions, including financing transactions, real estate, foreclosures, and bankruptcy. Seth is a former president of the Faubourg St. John and lives in the neighborhood with his wife Alexis and their 2 children.
Michael Cohn is an advocate for all things Faubourg St. John. He has a special interest in Faubourg St. John’s Community Garden at the corner of St. Philip and North Dupre and is a former president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association and also served as treasurer. Michael is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Michael holds a degree in finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from Tulane University. Michael lives on Ursulines Avenue with his wife Pam and their 3 children.
Greg Jeanfreau is a past president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He enjoys playing upright bass, guitar, and drums and restoring historic homes. Greg and his wife Winter love dining out at Faubourg St. John’s fantastic eateries and attending the wonderful festivals in the area throughout the year. Greg believes our indigenous culture is one of the best in the world and he has been a die hard Saints fan through good times and bad.
Rocky Seydel is a past president of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in the New Orleans area. He is an accomplished mediator and his ability to get along with anyone has served him and the community well. He has served as the chairman of the New Orleans Alcohol Beverage Control Board for many years. Rocky and his wife Meg started Voodoo on the Bayou over 25 years ago. This annual party has served as a great get-together and fundraiser for the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association. Rocky has been a champion of Faubourg St. John for decades and the neighborhood is lucky to have him!
Board member R. Erich Caulfield lives on Esplanade Ave. Erich is a management consultant and member of the Membership Outreach Committee. After three years working for the White House, and a total of five years in government, Erich founded a management consulting firm here in New Orleans. A Louisiana native, Erich loves the city and is active in a variety of community and regional organizations. His favorite things about the neighborhood are the events and festivals, City Park, the bayou, and the restaurants.
R. Erich Caulfield | Founder and President|The Caulfield Consulting Group|New Orleans, Louisiana 70119|Telephone: (504) 491-1254| firstname.lastname@example.org – www.caulfieldconsulting.com
Board member Sarah Stogner, and her husband Jeremy Adkins, live on Dumaine Street. Sarah is a local attorney and member of the FSJNA zoning committee. She loves historic homes, obtained her realtor’s license last year, and enjoys helping friends and family with real estate ventures for fun. Jeremy has two boys from his first marriage and the couple is expecting their first child together in December, 2014. The family’s favorite things about the neighborhood are the bayou, Jazz Fest, and City Park.
Sarah E. Stogner | Attorney | Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC | Energy Centre – 1100 Poydras Street – Suite 3100 | New Orleans, Louisiana 70163 | Telephone: (504) 585-3845 Cell: (504) 214-0140 Fax: (504) 585-3801 | email@example.com – www.carverdarden.com
Board members Charlie and Brenda London have lived in Faubourg St. John since October, 2005. Brenda is a native of New Orleans and Charlie has been in the area since 1975. Brenda works on the Outreach Committee and was FSJNA’s treasurer for 4 years. Charlie helps out where he can but his main focus since 2006 has been Faubourg St. John’s neighborhood website and social media presence. He was also a board member of the Louisiana Landmarks Society for two years. Charlie and Brenda live on Grand Route Saint John and love the eclectic nature of Faubourg St. John. They are also enamoured of Faubourg St. John’s architectural gems and the neighborhood’s significant contribution to the founding and growth of New Orleans. With its great restaurants, grocery stores and friendly shops, Charlie and Brenda believe there are not a lot of reasons to venture far from Faubourg St. John. Everything you need is right here!
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