Next CRNA meeting is Thursday March 11

Our next monthly CRNA meeting:  Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m.   Place:  Squeal Bar-B-Q at the corner of Oak and Cambronne.  We’d love to see you there.

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Cultural Arts celebrated @ Riverbend Church Festival on March 20

The Blessed Sacrament/St. Joan of Arc parish will present the 2010 Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday March 20, 11am-7pm.

“We’re excited to have our first festival as a merged parish family,” said festival chair Johnnie Tillman.

Tillman says there will be rides and games for the kids, plenty of good food, and a free music stage with several local artists performing.  “This festival is a celebration of cultures and we have something for everyone. We also have several spaces available for a wide variety of vendors, she said.

The festival will take place on the school grounds at 919 Cambronne St. in the Riverbend.

Admission to the festival is free.  For more information on the festival contact Tillman at 504-432-6189.

Remember to Vote this Saturday

The District A council seat runoff election between Susan Guidry and Jay Batt is this Saturday, March 6.

Citizens, do your duty!

Communications committee meeting March 7

Another opportunity to help out:  Our Communications Committee, will meet on Sunday, March 7, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at 8207 Jeannette, to talk about ways to improve our communications within our organization, with the neighborhood, and with other organizations in the area.  We’d be happy to see you there, too.  For more information, contact Pax Bobrow at paxbobrow@yahoo.com

Zoning & land use committee meeting March 4

Cell tower, zoning, etc. – Our newly re-forming Zoning and Land-Use Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 4, in the basement of 1225 Dublin, a house on the Mater Dolorosa property.

T-Mobile has proposed to erect a 120’ cell phone tower on the Entergy property between the Chevron station and the streetcar barn on Willow St.  It is a defunct Entergy site.  The City Planning Commission denied their request (after neighbors complained that we’d been given no information about the proposal.)  The Commission’s Staff Report indicated that things could be done to “mitigate” the eyesore, but none of those have been deemed effective or acceptable to the neighborhood.

At our last board meeting, CRNA heard the proposal from T-Mobile representatives and voted against the proposal. At the same time there were various suggestions for a better use of the land.  The matter is presently on appeal to the City Council — on its March 11th agenda.

At the Thursday meeting, the Council meeting will be discussed, as well as the best approaches to petition Entergy for a better use — and exploring ideas identifying various entities for collaboration, support, etc.  Other topics for future meetings will also be discussed.

To enter the meeting site: You can park in the lot behind Mater Dolorosa, but NOTE that the meeting is NOT in the cafeteria.  You can enter the basement of 1225 Dublin either at the rear, through a gate from the parking lot, or by knocking on the basement’s front door.

For more information, contact Co-chairs Marilyn Barbera at malynbarbara@msn.com or Betsy Weymann at eweymann@cox.net.