Nearly two weeks into the temporary relocation of St. Bernard Parish courthouse operations from the historic 70-year-old building on St. Bernard Highway to a string of offices in the Village Square strip mall on West Judge Perez Drive, the sounds of hammers and drills still outnumber the sounds of gavels and court proceedings. But as [...]
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With the pieces falling into place for the parish’s future hospital, one persisting point of debate concerns the square footage of the medical office building to be built adjacent to the hospital. Current plans call for a medical office building of 30,000 square feet to house both hospital administrative offices and physicians’ offices. That square [...]
Last weekend, people from St. Bernard and surrounding parishes got to celebrate two of their most beloved seafood – crawfish and redfish – at the annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival. Chalmette’s Louisiana Crawfish Festival, held at Torres Park in Chalmette, ran from March 25 through March 28. Mudbug enthusiasts had their pick of dozens of crawfish [...]
The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) recently issued a precautionary closure of oyster harvesting Area 3 in eastern St. Bernard Parish. The closure, which affects much of the Biloxi Marsh area, took effect at sunset March 25. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry ordered the precautionary closure after receiving word of a possible Norovirus [...]
Parish leaders broke ground on a project March 29 that will transform the Aycock Barn, located at 409 Aycock Street in Old Arabi, into a multi-use open air market. The $2.1 million project is scheduled to be completed by August or September of this year. “I think this will be a great space for the [...]
Representatives from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and the Port of New Orleans fielded questions from St. Bernard residents March 17 concerning the 1 1/2 month closure of the Judge Seeber (Claiborne) Bridge, now in its second full week. Just a hand full residents attended the meeting. The closure has forced drivers [...]
Parish historian Bill Hyland reports an estimated 20,000 people ventured east to St. Bernard Village March 20-21 to experience the 34th annual Isleño Fiesta at the Los Isleños Museum Complex on Bayou Road. “It was wonderful to open the museum complex to the public and let the people of St. Bernard and the metropolitan area [...]
When Stephen Fedele moved from his home in St. Bernard Parish, he couldn’t bear to leave behind the Cypress Tree that had been growing in his yard from a seed fallen from an older tree. He moved the tree to his mother’s home in Jefferson Parish until his home in Plaquemines Parish was constructed. When [...]
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, instrumental in delivering support for St. Bernard Parish organizations like St. Bernard Project and the Community Center of St. Bernard, is facing its first fundraising shortfall in a decade.
Gary Ostroske, president of New Orleans’ United Way, announced at a press conference March 2 that his organization is facing a $500,000 shortfall for this year’s $23 million fundraising campaign.
St. Bernard Parish residents could soon have the opportunity to give the parish president a raise, if the parish council approves a recommendation from the home rule charter committee. Charlie Ponstein, former parish president and a member of the charter committee, spoke to the council during its March 10 Executive/Finance Committee meeting and explained his [...]