Faubourg St. John was well represented in the 2012 class of Tree Troopers!
Faubourg St. John neighbors Bobby Wozniak, Jared Zeller, Linda Marshall and Charlie London all participated in the 2012 Tree Trooper training. Topics range from tree selection, to proper planting and pruning techniques, watering, pest and disease control, and garnering community support. Click on the names above to learn more about what Tree Troopers do!
Trained Tree Troopers then take their knowledge back to their communities and spearhead tree plantings, maintenance and pest control, thus improving their own neighborhoods. Besides replanting trees, this program is a community builder, bringing neighbors together while teaching environmental responsibility and ownership.
Parkway Partners always tries to enlist trained Tree Troopers when it plants trees in a neighborhood, as this better ensures the survival and longevity of the trees.
Parkway Partners is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower residents to improve their communities through the preservation, maintenance and beautification of neutral grounds, urban gardens, green spaces, playgrounds, parks and the urban forest in New Orleans.
This Saturday, July 28 walk on over to Fortier Park.
COFFEE | RAKE | GAB | GARDEN
Come for coffee or come to help for a while! Help your neighbors, gab and laugh and plant or rake and sweep or mulch and play. Bring the kids to play, everyone is welcome!
SATURDAY MORNING | July 28th | 9 am to NOON |
3200 Esplanade Avenue
Free coffee, snacks and fun
Bring a rake or broom, bring a shovel or pruners and help keep Fortier Park the best park in the city!
WHAT: Bayou Klean Up
WHERE: 1101-1175 block of Florida Ave, near the LSU Dental School
WHEN: 9 am to 1 pm this Saturday, September 17th
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s 2011 Beach Sweep is Saturday, Sept 17th! Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s 22nd annual Beach Sweep will be held Saturday, September 17th from 9am-noon followed by a thank-you picnic for registered volunteers. Visit www.saveourlake.org for more information.
Bayou Kayaks and Life City are teaming up to clean up Bayou St. John during the Annual Beach Sweep hosted by the Lake Pontchartrain Foundation.
Please meet at the Bayou Kayaks launch site, 1101-1175 block of Florida Ave, near the LSU Dental School. Get more info on the location and RSVP a kayak on bayoukayaks.com. And, be sure to register for the Beach Sweep by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (this gets you into the free picnic after the Beach Sweep on
Rhonda Ardoin started Bayou Kayaks this year to pursue her passion, provide a green service in the community, and help others take advantage of our surrounding water resources.
“My goal is to make a big impact on the community while leaving a small footprint on the environment,” says Ardoin.
Bayou Kayaks is committed to social and environmentally responsible practices. Not only does her day-to-day operations enforce a “leave no trace” policy, Ardoin is going above and beyond by organizing a free kayaking event to clean up the bayou this Saturday.
The Bayou Klean-Up help beautify the area, increase community involvement, allow businesses and customers to interact together, strengthen the image of the area’s small businesses, and create a sense of pride and accomplishment within the community. It’s a win-win for everyone! Also, there are prizes for the following categories:
1. Largest Group
2. Largest Business Group
3. Largest Non Business Group
4. Most trash picked up from individual
5. Largest item recovered from the bayou
Directions for the event can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ba?youkayaks?sk=app_206541889?369118
Bayou Kayaks rents Kayaks Thursday through Sunday with the following prices:
Early Bird $20 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Half Day $20 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Half Day $20 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Half Day $20 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Day $40 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS – They’re not hard to spot — advertisements sit next to chunks of old torn paper, cluttering utility poles.
"It’s just something that got under my skin and there didn’t seem to be any reason for it, especially in a city like New Orleans, which is so historic and beautiful," Faubourg St. John resident Steve Mardon said.
The Mid-City resident has taken down thousands of signs, in a personal battle to clean up city streets.
"Basically go down to Home Depot, get yourself a PVC pipe and put a screw through it and you can go up and yank them down."
He’s not alone. Councilwoman Stacy Head recently helped revise a city ordinance cracking down on the illegal signs that she says are spiraling out of control.
"The tax services, the free cell phones, the dental work, the tree cutting, the house leveling and raising, we really need to get rid of those," she said. Head said signs also deter potential future commercial development in certain neighborhoods.
The city is now sending a $10 removal invoice to any person or business listed on the illegal sign. If found guilty, additional fines of $25 to $50 could follow.
"The law has been very clear for a long time that these bandit signs that create lots of visual clutter, particularly in neighborhoods that have shown a lot of disinvestment in the past. They detract from the quality of life,” she said.
An epidemic is how Johnnie Young describes the illegal dumping that’s plagued his block and the Lower 9th Ward since Hurricane Katrina.
“Look on that corner. They have tires over there in the big old push, over here they’ve got a pile, over there," Young said. “People are trying to come back. Unfortunately, when they come back and drive by and see this, it’s become an eyesore, and that’s detrimental for the people who want to come back."
No dumping signs haven’t stopped offenders from off-loading their unwanted junk. But the city says it’s cracking down.
Violators caught littering or illegally dumping face fines of $150 to $5,000 per infraction – a promise Young hopes the city will keep.
"I’m like, this I’d rather see and not be satisfied to believe it.”
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