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Bayou Clean Up | Saturday | April 20th | 9-12
It’s that time of year again, the flowers are blooming the birds are singing and people are paddling. The winds have been blowing and debris has been making it’s way into the bayou and Bayou Kayaks needs your help to keep Bayou St John beautiful.
Bayou Kayaks is organizing a Bayou Clean Up in preparation for the Earth Day Festival. Volunteers are needed to make sure the bayou is ready.
Volunteers will meet at the Bayou Kayaks launch site at 1101 Florida Ave (by the LSU Dental School) at 9 a.m. on April 20th and collect debris until noon.
There will be refreshments and a few supplies to aid in the clean up. Kayaks will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers on foot are especially important as there are many items to be collected along the banks.
Please join this Bayou Clean Up on Saturday, April 20th to keep Bayou St John beautiful.
If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. ~Doug Larson
To welcome springtime fishing, New Orleans City Park will host its Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival, the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country. This 66-year-old event attracts over 600 participants and affords an opportunity for anglers of all ages and backgrounds to catch those elusive lunkers for bragging rights and trophies.
Unlike high caliber bass fishing tournaments, this nonprofessional rodeo encourages families and friends to enjoy a day in the park. This year’s Rodeo will be held on Saturday, April 6th with registration beginning at 6:00 a.m. at the Casino Building (presently Morning Call Café).
Fishing begins at 6:30 a.m. and weigh-in ends at 11:00 a.m. by the Bandstand. The entry fee is only $10 for Adults (13 and older) and $5 for kids (12 years and under). Be sure to visit: www.neworleanscitypark.com/bigbass for details, online registration, registration forms, rules & regulations and a fishing map.
There are 5 fishing categories:
1. Bass by baitcaster, spincast or spinning reel.
2. Bass by fly rod and reel.
3. Team Event-Rio Grande Roundup for the team bringing in the heaviest stringer of cichlids.
4. Junior Anglers for those 12 years and under catching the heaviest single bream or cichlid.
5. Champion’s Challenge for past 1st place winners of the Bass category compete against one another for the largest bass.
Catfish Kids is a bonus for those 16 years and under catching the 3 single heaviest catfish.
The Fishtival complete with music by a DJ begins at 9:00 a.m. (its free!) around the Casino and Bandstand area and offers activities for young and old alike. A special section for children by Wish To Fish La. offers a casting contest for ages 6-15, free casting and cast net throwing lessons and other activities. Wildlife educators from Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries will have demonstrations and exhibits as well as their pellet-shooting trailer. Numerous other exhibitors include local artists, ecology, wildlife, conservation groups, kayak displays, live “critters” to pet and more! And if you are feeling lucky you can participate in the $1 raffle for great fishing and outdoor gear including a fishing kayak or the $5 raffle to win one of 3 charter boat fishing trips with well known Captains C.T. Williams, Dudley Vandenborre or Aaron Gelfand. The popular Mardi Gras toss of fishing tackle during the awards ceremony affords an opportunity to put up your hands and catch baits to fill up your tackle box.
The Big Bass Rodeo was founded in 1946 by Paul Kalman. Paul spent many hours of his childhood fishing the tree-framed waters of City Park. For Paul, it was an angler’s urban heaven. After serving in World War II, Paul conceived the idea of an annual fishing rodeo, planting the seeds of what would become City Park’s Big Bass Rodeo. A reporter for the New Orleans Item at the time, he persuaded his bosses to sponsor the inaugural event. So armed with a meat scale borrowed from Schwegmann’s original grocery store, the Rodeo was launched. Under his guidance, the rodeo grew to where it drew as many as 1,000 participants. Although he passed away in 1987, his legacy lives on today with the Paul Kalman award presented to the angler 12 years old or less who lands the largest bass. The Joe Courcelle award has since been added to rodeo to honor his 30 years plus serving as Weigh Master and is given to the angler 13 years and up landing the largest bass.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 6th and try your luck to catch a record-breaking bass. Good Fishing!
St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday. Start celebrating the day right by enjoying a great brunch at one of the great restaurants right here in Faubourg St. John! Forget that cereal, go get a real breakfast at a real restaurant in Faubourg St. John. It’s magicly delicious!
Everyday, one can buy a variety of quick breakfast options that are ready to go at Canseco’s Market. Pictured here is the ham, egg and cheese biscuit but grits, eggs and sausage are also available in full meals that are hot and pre-packaged ready to go.
And, at Fair Grinds there is all manner of fair trade coffee with a variety of ready to eat muffins waiting to be heated up for you.
But, the pièce de résistance for breakfast in Faubourg St. John is only available on Sundays. Both Cafe Degas and Santa Fe restaurants offer a Sunday brunch that should not be missed.
Sunday brunch served 11am-3pm at
Santa Fe Restaurant at 3201 Esplanade.
Sunday brunch at Cafe Degas
served 10:30am – 3:00pm at 3127 Esplanade.
Whether it’s a boil water advisory or hurricane alerts, you need to be ready… NOLA READY! Learn more by visiting the links below.
On the Web – http://new.nola.gov/ready/
Via Email – http://new.nola.gov/ready/emergency-alerts/
On Twitter – https://twitter.com/nolaready
On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NOHSEP
Readiness starts with you
Whether manmade or natural, every emergency situation is different, and requires both citizen and City to be prepared. From the Final Four to the Super Bowl, all-hazards alerts to hurricane evacuations, 24/7, 365 days a year, agencies across the City of New Orleans work to keep you safe and our city prepared for any event or emergency.
For our City to be ready, our citizens must be ready.
We must take all take important steps to prepare for an emergency. At NOLA Ready, we provide all the information residents need to travel their own road to being ready, including how to:
City-Assisted Evacuation assists Orleans Parish residents and/or tourists who cannot self-evacuate during a mandatory City-wide evacuation by providing transportation from designated City evacuation pick-up points to the Union Pacific Terminal bus station, for outbound transportation to State and Federal shelters. Learn more here.
A CHECKLIST OF ITEMS NEEDED FOR HURRICANE PREPARATION
- Prescription medication for a month
- Aspirin and non-prescription medicine
- FIRST AID KIT
- Antibiotic ointment
- Drinking water (2 gallons per day per person)
- Containers for storing water
- Non-perishable food
- Eating utensils, paper plates and towels
- Baby supplies (up to 3 weeks)
- Non-electric can opener
- Battery powered TV or radio
- TOILET PAPER
- Boards for your windows
- Fire Extinguisher
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Lantern with extra fuel
- Fuel for your generator or saw
- Aluminum foil
- INSECT REPELLENT
- Month’s supply of pet food
- Cat litter
- Tools and shovel
- Latex and regular work gloves
- SIGNAL LIGHT
- AX IN ATTIC
- Rope or heavy cord
- Toiletries and feminine supplies
- Soap and liquid detergent
- Household bleach without lemon
- GARBAGE BAGS
- Sturdy work shoes or work boots
- RAIN GEAR AND A CHANGE OF CLOTHES
- Have a plan of action for your pets. Many shelters will not take them. Call the SPCA for more information to help you prepare for evacuating your pets… (504) 368-5191.
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From State Representative Jared Brossett:
FEMA has released preliminary flood maps that have the potential to effect insurance rates and flood risks. I encourage you to look at the links below and attend one of their open houses to learn more about what the new maps mean for your property and neighborhood. Areas in Lakeview, Gentilly, Mid-City, and Pontchartrain Park may all be effected by the new maps and homeowners should see reductions in their flood insurance premiums, if these maps are adopted. Green signifies a reduction, and red signifies an increase. Please see FEMA’s press release below for more information.
Public Open House Scheduled to Share Map Changes and Flood Risk Information
Homeowners, renters and business owners in five parishes in the Greater New Orleans area are encouraged to look over preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions.
Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Charles, Parish officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are presenting the preliminary maps in order to help leaders and residents identify known flood risks and use that information to make decisions about buying flood insurance and how the community should move forward with any development.
To share that data, a public workshop is scheduled for this Monday where interested citizens can obtain more information about the proposed changes.
Monday, Mar. 18
Pavilion of Two Sisters
New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Drive
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
“As we work together with our state and local partners to bring this critical information to the five parishes, we ask that everyone review the maps to understand what flood risks are involved,” said FEMA R6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “The role of the community as an active partner in the flood mapping process is very important.”
Additional information is available, including links to the interactive mapping website on www.riskmap6.com and at http://go.usa.gov/gzU5. Residents can also contact their local floodplain administrators for more details.
MCVG and MCYV will hold the customary youth clinic this Saturday morning (9:30am-11:30am) followed by an adult “speed” tournament at noon (please arrive before 11:45am since that’s when we pick teams). There’s a ton of other stuff to do this weekend, but there’s nothing more fun than volleyball with friends! After the tournament we’ll hold an adult clinic on how to play “the box” which will be good preparation for the following week when we’ll require y’all to play the box! It’s sort of like playing doubles with four people on the court, and once you get used to it it’s quite fun.
FYI the Irish Channel St Patrick’s Day parade starts at 1pm at the corner of Felicity and Magazine on Saturday. For those of you who must see the parade and catch a month’s supply of cabbage, carrots and potatoes, you can probably play in the speed tournament and still make it to the end of the parade further along the route.
Speaking of green, the Green Wave sand volleyball team started their season last weekend with two victories. Congratulations Tulane! Their one and only home stint of games is this weekend. Tulane University will play Friday through Sunday, one game a day against a different team each day. See http://www.tulanegreenwave.com/sports/w-svolley/sched/tul-w-svolley-sched.html for the schedule. I personally hope to see the Sunday match if some other Mid-Citizen is willing to drive out to Kenner… we can all talk about it Saturday during our “Bayou Ball” activities.
To help MCVG/MCYV build a sand volleyball venue in Mid-City near where we normally play, please give in to pressure and sign up for a NOLA Wise Home Performance Evaluation. You can register by phone by calling 523-WISE(9473), or you can register on-line at http://nolawise.org/index.php/assessment-request. Make sure you specify that MCVG sent you! The evaluation costs only $35.00 (the remaining $65.00 is subsidized by Entergy), and you can learn many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Small businesses are eligible, too, and if you rent please pass this message on to your land lord or land lady.
Don’t forget that The Mid-City Volleyball Group is sponsoring the NORDC Movie in the Park this Friday! Tomorrow evening “Dolphin Tale” will be shown at St Patrick ball field (corner of St. Patrick and Baudin), and MCVG will be selling concessions. Show time is dusk, and it is a family-friendly event.
It’s not too late to join our group adventure to La Ceiba Honduras this summer from June 5 through June 10. If interested please send me your passport number and tell me your date of birth (I promise I’ll keep it a secret). This is a rare opportunity to experience Honduras from the perspective of local Hondurans, so don’t miss out on the fun! Round-trip airfare will probably be on the order of $550.00, and the rest of our expenses will be minimal since the exchange rate between Honduran Lempiras and US Dollars is nearly 20 to 1.
FYI Madeleine Ruiz was admitted to Children’s Hospital yesterday with a stress fracture in her backbone spanning two discs. Needless to say she is out of commission for a while! If you care to visit her, she’s in room 325. I’m reluctant to give her phone number out to this entire list, but if you’d like to send her a message please contact me directly.
Wear something green and goofy Saturday in honor of St Patrick’s Day…
Tireless Advocate for Community Volleyball
Louisiana Landmarks’ Spring series of Vino on the Bayou wine tasting events starts this month! Join the fun on Friday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30 for live music performed by John Rankin, author and radio host Kid Chef Eliana signing her book “Cool Kids Cook”, and a beautiful sunset on Bayou St. John.
Immaculate Conception chef & cookbook author knows ingredients of success
Written by Beth Donze
Original article at http://clarionherald.info/clarion/index.php/kids/kids-clarion/1509-immaculate-conception-chef-a-cookbook-author-knows-ingredients-of-success
From the time she began making “Ladybug Pizzatas” – mini pizzas that resemble the colorful insect with the addition of sliced tomatoes and “dots” of black olives – Eliana Casas has been hooked on cooking.
“I’ve been cooking since I was 4 years old,” said Eliana, a seventh grader at Immaculate Conception School in Marrero who grew up in a multi-cultural family of cooks with ties to Cajun Louisiana, the Philippines, Cuba and Honduras.
But cooking is more than just a hobby for the 12-year-old parishioner of St. Martha Church in Harvey. Eliana, who is known in media circles as “Kid Chef Eliana,” already boasts a resume that includes two cookbooks, hosting a national radio show and several television appearances.
Her motto is: “Cool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!”
“I love being from New Orleans. There is so much food inspiration here!” said Eliana, whose family regularly shuns kitchen shortcuts to make their own ice cream and pizza dough.
“I just like to be in the kitchen and experiment with different ingredients and try new recipes,” Eliana said. “A lot of kids will just eat chicken nuggets and french fries off the kids’ menu and they won’t try a lot of things, or they’ll judge the food by how it looks – like brussel sprouts,” said the chef, who likes to prepare that vegetable by sautéeing it in garlic butter and topping it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Eliana’s first cookbook, the spiral-bound “Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids” (pictured at right), was released in October 2010 and offers 150 recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts. Some are of her own invention, some are from her family, and some were made her own by “adding a twist,” Eliana said.
A second cookbook, “Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana,” will be published by Pelican Publishing in the spring 2013. The hardback cookbook will feature 25 recipes, Eliana said.
“This cookbook has chef notes in it. Each one will tell something about the recipe – where it came from, how it was invented,” she said.
She said her favorite dishes include her shrimp etoufée, prepared with heavy cream, garlic cumin potatoes and the sweet potato casserole she and her grandmother make every Thanksgiving.
“It can be served as a side dish or a dessert,” Eliana notes. “It’s really sweet but it’s really good.”
As she is tweaking recipes, Eliana tries to use as many fresh and local ingredients as possible. For example, she tends to make crab cakes only after her family returns from a day of crabbing and fishing.
“I try to make all my dishes healthy by baking dishes that are normally fried, like fried green tomatoes,” she said, adding that baking is another good technique for young cooks because of the dangers connected with cooking food in hot oil.
“Nachitoches meat pies are normally fried, but I bake them and they’re really good and they have all the same flavors,” said Eliana of the half-moon pies containing ground beef and pork, garlic and the “trinity” of celery, onion and bell pepper.
If her cookbooks weren’t enough, Eliana recently signed with Voice America Kids, part of the Voice America network, to host a weekly radio show called “Cool Kids Cook.” The show, which airs locally on Monday at 6 p.m., is composed of Eliana’s interviews of chefs and other food industry movers and shakers.
“I also have segments where I have secret ingredients and facts about that ingredient, and I give recipes,” said Eliana, who conducts the interviews from her home via Skype, with the help of an online producer, a mixer board, a headset and a condenser microphone.
But Eliana’s most visible media appearance to date took place this month, when she appeared as a competitor on SuperChef Kids, a national cooking competition and webisode series that debuted Sept. 17. At press time, Eliana was not able to divulge the results of the contest to Kids’ Clarion, but did share that she got to cook with chef John Besh in the series produced by the creators of “Iron Chef.”
Her accolades go on. At age 10, Eliana was chosen as one of 13 Latinos profiled in a museum exhibit at New Orleans Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and was featured in “The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook. Eliana, who was recently named one of the “10 Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks” in the world by FoxNews and The Daily Meal, also is a featured chef on ZisBoomBah.com, a website for kid foodies.
Her future plans include designing her own line of cookware, chef jackets and aprons, hosting a televised cooking show and creating a line of spice blends.
“If you have a dream, you have to work hard to accomplish it,” Eliana said, adding that everybody should know how to cook something.
“Even if it’s as simple as eggs and bacon,” she said. “We all need to eat.”
Eliana’s website is at www.kidchefeliana.com.
sent in by Robert Thompson
The Grow Dat farm in City Park (by the underpass at I-610) is an interesting project and will give us a chance to enjoy the cooking of Faubourg St john resident Gary Granata. Gary also
serves as president of local Slow Food Initiative. Go eat Friday, March 8, at the nonprofit urban farm for local high school students, with music, art and a menu with lighter options alongside the fried fish. More info at:
article below by Ian McNulty
The Lenten fish fry is a long-running tradition in New Orleans, but not all of these events follow a traditional script. For instance, one coming up next Friday, March 8, won’t be held at a church but rather at a nonprofit urban farm for local high school students, with music, art and a menu with lighter options alongside the fried fish.
The local/healthy food advocate Slow Food New Orleans is hosting this one-night fish fry at Grow Dat Youth Farm, a youth development program operated from City Park with acres of crops and a facility built from stacked, repurposed shipping containers.
The chef Don Boyd, founder of the nonprofit Café Hope, and local Slow Food chapter president Gary Granata are preparing the food along with Moscow 57, a New York entertainment company founded by Ellen Kaye, whose family ran the legendary Russian Tea Room in Manhattan for close to 50 years. Granata and Kaye have been collaborating on pop-up food, music and art events and decided to join forces for a one-of-a-kind fish fry at Grow Dat.
Guests can either buy individual dishes at various stations set up around Grow Dat’s campus or partake in a seated meal served in courses at a “captain’s table” on a balcony overlooking the scene. The menu includes a garden salad, fried catfish over coleslaw, vegetarian gumbo z’herbes, pistachio shrimp kebabs, vegetable kebabs and fish kebabs, sour cherry rice, rose petal and mint yogurt and gelato and sorbetto from La Divina Gelateria. Beer and wine will be for sale.
The night is also billed as an “urban salon” with singer/songwriter Kayte Grace, the Moscow 57 Band, artists including Emilie Rhys and local writer Elsa Hahne, author of the new cookbook “The Gravy—In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians,” all participating in the event.
Admission is $5 (free for Slow Food members), and individual food tickets are $5 each. The seated meal is $50. The fish fry is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday | March 5th
3368 Moss Street in beautiful Faubourg St. John
Barriere Construction Company will begin the Esplanade repaving project on March 6th. One lane of traffic will remain open on each side of Esplanade during the project.
Dean Burridge sent in this report on January 12, 2013:
The $5M project has been coordinated with the Sewer & Water Board along with area utilities, and completion by July 2013 is anticipated.
ADA curb ramps will be the items that will be the first construction to begin. A new 2″ surface of asphalt will be installed after removing of the previous material, along with curb repair. The stone curb will remain and be reset as deemed necessary.
Seven day notice will be given to area businesses and residents prior to the initiation of road work and the work will be generally continuous from 7am to 5:30pm. Some occasional evening & weekend repairs are possible. If you have any questions they may be reached at 1-800-574-7193.
One lane will remain open during construction work. Esplanade Avenue will become a one vehicle travel lane in each direction. The lane will be widened to 12′ and it is the city’s intention to have an accompanying bike lane with accompanying striping. The bike lane striping will be done later.
The Rail Road track and subsequent bump on City Park Avenue will remain. Several crosswalks at area schools, along with those in “downtown” Faubourg St. John will be done in a “bold” pattern style. None of the area parks will be utilized for construction material or devices.
Paving announced July 23, 2012:
Request for comments November 3, 2011:
Paving announced October 12, 2011:
The article below is by Kate Parker, former Faubourg St.John Neighborhood Association president:
The infrastructure improvements for Esplanade are not a surprise to this neighborhood. Indeed, they were discussed in 2006, 2007 and 2008 at several planning meetings. They are located within the bike master plan for the city. It is possible that not everyone here attended every meeting or was involved in every discussion. But, as a former neighborhood president, I was. And I
encouraged it, and I was not alone.
Road diets on streets with sub-standard travel lanes in a places with a high residential and business mix make sense for safety and economic development.
Crash rates between cars decrease (see FHWA report http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/humanfac/04082/index.cfm) as cars cross fewer lanes of traffic to turn minimizing the potential for conflicts.
Furthermore, the safety of pedestrians increases. Pedestrians do not have to cross as many lanes of traffic to reach their destination. We have many new families with young children in this neighborhood. We have elderly citizens who require extra time to cross streets. Let’s try to envision a neighborhood that keeps our kids and their grandparents safe.
Our neighborhood businesses cannot survive on the business of the small group of people who live in the Faubourg St. John alone. People visit Faubourg St.John from all over the city not only at Jazz Fest, but at other times of the year. There are at least three businesses that rent bikes to tourists downtown. The tourists (and our own residents) require a safe way to travel from the French Quarter to City Park. City Park is adding infrastructure for people to be active and enjoy the park. It is absurd that we would want them to drive to the park to be active.
People should be able to walk and bike there safely.
Finally, there will be an increase in cyclists and also in pedestrians. I have completed two studies in peer-reviewed journals of the impact of bike lanes in New Orleans on cycling. Both the St. Claude lane and the S. Carrollton lanes led to an increase in cyclists. (Parker et al, JPAH, 2011, & Parker et al, Annuals of Behavioral Medicine 2013). A third study I am finishing details that after the new improvements on S. Carrollton there was an increase in pedestrians too. Considering the needs of our businesses to attract customers, I think that new bike and pedestrian traffic helps them significantly. Moreover, the new comprehensive zoning ordinance has features that encourage business to include parking for bikes. Our city is moving to become more inclusive of all users of the roadways, as evidenced by the passage of the 2011 Complete Streets Ordinance.
New Orleans is a flat city in a temperate climate, well-suited to walking and biking.