Carrollton Neighborhood News, March 17, 2009

Friends and Neighbors: 

A few quick notes on things happening in the neighborhood—or relevant to the neighborhood.

 Community Crime and Safety Forum  The Central Carrollton Association is hosting this event this Thursday evening, March 19, with District Attorney Leon Cannizarro and NOPD Second District Commander Bruce Little as featured speakers.

Place:  St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, 1333 S. Carrollton, corner of Willow

Time:  6:00 Registration and refreshments; 6:30 – 8:00 Program

Free and open to the public.


Orleans Parish School Board “Stakeholders’ Forum”—Also Thursday, March 19.

Place:  Lindy Boggs Conference Center, Room 152, CERM Building, 2045 Lakeshore Dr. (this is one of the relatively new buildings at the lake end of Elysian Fields, part of the UNO campus).

Time:  4:30-6:30

Purpose:  to allow education leaders, advocates and stakeholders the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas for sustaining progress in public education within Orleans Parish.”



When:  Saturday, April 18, 8 a.m. until

Where:  Harrell Park, Leonidas near the corner of Claiborne

Yes, this is still a while in the future, but mark your calendars.  An opportunity for some hands-on contribution to the improvement of the neighborhood.  Sponsors include the Allstate Foundation, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, and Operation Kids.  For more information, contact: Pastor Stanford Williams, (504) 394-4752 or  or Tilman Hardy, (504) 237-9556 or     



As you have doubtless noticed, the MAJOR renovation of Oak Street has begun.  The merchants on the street are still there and struggling to survive this enormous disruption.  Please do what you can to continue to patronize and support them during this activity.  The sidewalks are still open—and it’s quite a sight!  Each two block section is supposed to take about two months to complete.  If all goes well, the street should be totally transformed around Thanksgiving.


And we, your neighborhood association, are also still here.  And we’re still looking for folks who want to get involved and help out.  There are lots of things we MIGHT be doing, but they all require volunteers.  The “mights” include everything from cataloguing blighted properties in the neighborhood to helping with a “Carrollton in Bloom” project that has been suggested by our sister organization, the Palmer Park Neighborhood Association.  See  a British model.  Or maybe you have your own ideas.  If so, I’d be please to hear them. 

And we are seriously looking for new people to serve on the organization’s board.  If you’re interested, or just have questions about it, let’s talk.

 Happy Spring!

 Jerry Speir, President

Carrollton/Riverbend Neighborhood Assoc.


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