Message from CRNA President

Friends and Neighbors:

If you pay attention to the news at all, you know that the Legislature is in session and is drawing new district boundaries for state representatives, senators and congresspersons. 

For the past ten years, those of us in the four precincts closest to the river have been represented by Rep. Cameron Henry, whose district is primarily in Jefferson Parish.  Nothing against Mr. Henry personally, but many of us have been seeking to have the district boundaries changed so that we would be represented by a person with an Orleans parish base—and that our Carrollton/Riverbend neighborhood and Carrollton generally would be not be divided up in such a way that no one has our part of Orleans as a base (and, therefore, no one feels responsible to “speak for Carrollton.”)

In a bill that now seems to have considerable impetus, the situation could be even worse.  Marshall Hevron, an attorney and former CRNA board member, has been following this process fairly closely.

He sent me the following a little earlier and suggested that I might send it to our CRNA membership:

Dear Neighbors,

            As you may know, the State Legislature is in the middle of its once a decade re-districting session. During this session, lawmakers use census data to draw new districts for the State House, State Senate, and Congress.

            The Jefferson Parish legislative delegation is pushing a plan that would place Carrollton and parts of Uptown in the legislative districts of Jefferson Parish representatives John Labruzzo and Cameron Henry (see the attached map). Under this plan, known as Amendment 248 to House Bill 1, residents of Bucktown and Uptown would be in the same district. Additionally, the Carrollton neighborhood would be carved up and represented by two different Jefferson Parish politicians. The result is less representation for the Carrollton, University, and Uptown neighborhoods. The plan may come up for a vote as early as Tuesday afternoon (March 29) and appears to have Governor Jindal’s support.

            Please call or e-mail Speaker Jim Tucker at: larep086@legis.state.la.us  or (504)393-5646. Let him know that you want our neighborhoods united in the legislature and that you oppose Amendment 248 to House Bill 1.

            Also, please call State Rep Nick Larusso (R-Lakeview). Rep. Larusso is the only State House member from Orleans Parish to support the plan. Rep. Larusso can be contacted at larep094@legis.state.la.us or (504)483-4711.

 

This is Jerry again:  If you look at the attached map, you will see that TWO Jefferson-based districts would now divide up Carrollton (and parts of Uptown) and another that is heavily Lakefront-based would also take in several of our precincts.

If you care, the information for taking action appears above.  Re-districting of the state senate and of Congress, where similar issues affect us, remain more up in the air at the moment.  We’ll try to keep you informed.

General Meeting

We are also planning a General Meeting of the neighborhood association for Thursday evening, April 14 at 6:30, at St. Andrew’s, Carrollton and Zimpel.  More info on speakers and guests (city agencies, etc) — and food — to follow.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.  

Best, Jerry

Jerry Speir, President

Carrollton/Riverbend N’hood Assn.

jerryspeir@gmail.com

 Amdt 248 Map

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March CRNA Board Minutes

CRNA Board minutes March 2011

March Message from CRNA President

Friends and Neighbors:

Don’t forget the Big garden-building day at Johnson School, Saturday, March 26, 9-12. Many of you have helped with earlier stages of the garden and beautification efforts around the Johnson School. Here’s your chance to be part of the next big phase of the Community Schoolyard Garden. The school is at 1800 Monroe, between Hickory and Cohn, of course.

Today’s paper had a GREAT article on the school and gardening in the “New Orleans Picayune” section, which also appears here: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2011/03/james_weldon_johnson_elementar.html

3 projects are to be completed on the 26th:
1) Building of the remaining beds and the filling of beds with gravel and soil
2) Building of the base stands for the rain barrels
3) Construction of rain barrels
Each project will have a team which will include one project leader, team leaders, and volunteers. Project leaders will oversee the entire project. Team leaders will work with small teams of volunteers on specific aspects of the project.

It would be helpful if you would respond to Mary Dewitt Dukes- mddukes2@aol.com in advance to let the planning team know what project you would like to work on and if you have skills to lead a small team of volunteers. Team leaders will meet with their project leaders at 8:30am on Saturday, March 26th to review project details before the build begins around 9am. People with some carpentering experience and some experience with PVC pipe are especially needed. But you can also just show up. All help will be greatly appreciated. Gloves might be a good idea—and whatever relevant tools you might be able to bring along: hammers, shovels, etc.

FREE MOVIE, WOMEN’S DISCUSSION, ETC

Nicole Bouie, who directs Community Commitment in our neighborhood, invites all to a free-movie and free-popcorn, socializing event Friday (tomorrow) evening, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Evening Star Baptist Church, 8926 Hickory.

The organization is also hosting a women-only discussion, “Sisters Speak,” Saturday, March 26, from 11-12, also at the church. The discussion will focus on relations between homosexuals and heterosexuals.

For more information on activities, see http://communitycommitment.net/

FREE VAN SERVICE FOR ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED

Pastor Ty Waivers, pastor of Grace & Faith Family Fellowship, 2032 S. Carrollton, reports that his church has acquired a van for transporting elderly and handicapped persons to medical appointments, grocery stores, and the like. The free service is new and schedules are still being worked out, based on calls they are receiving for assistance. The service is provided throughout the Greater Carrollton area. If you or someone you know could use the service, you can contact Pastor Ty directly at (504) 606-3433

RECYCLING – Request your cart

The City’s new recycling program is gearing up. Residents can visit http://recycle.nola.gov to register for curbside recycling carts.
Carts will be provided by the City on request. Residents may also fill out the Recycling Service Notice manually and mail it to City Hall at 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 or fax it to (504) 658-3801.

Items accepted for curbside recycling will include:

•Paper products including office paper, newspapers and color inserts, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, paper boxes (including cereal boxes, 12-pack soft drink boxes), telephone books, and shredded paper;
• Plastic containers coded #1 through #7 (water, soda, juice bottles, etc.) and plastic pots from nurseries;
• Small metal cans; and
• Cardboard.
The curbside recycling program is slated to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2011. Additional details will be forthcoming.
The curbside recycling program supplements the City’s ongoing recycling and e-waste drop-off, which will continue to be held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue.
For more information about the city’s recycling program, please visit http://recycle.nola.gov, or call the Department of Sanitation at (504) 658-3800.

Hope to see you at the garden-building project on Saturday.

Jerry

Jerry Speir, President
Carrollton/Riverbend N’hood Assn.
jerryspeir@gmail.com

March message from CRNA President

Friends and Neighbors—

Now that Carnival is behind us, there is much to report. 

Monthly meeting—Because our regular meeting date (second Thursday) was so close to Mardi Gras, we decided to postpone our regular monthly CRNA meeting to this coming Wednesday evening, March 16—7 p.m.  in the back dining room of Squeal Bar-B-Q, corner of Oak and Cambronne.  In addition to reports on neighborhood activities, we’ll be planning a general meeting for April, plus nominations for our board.  We also expect to have a YMCA representative to talk about their plans for the future and how they might impact our neighborhood.  The new community liaison from Councilmember Guidry’s office also hopes to join us.

You are always welcome.  We’d be especially happy to see you this month if you are interested serving on the board or otherwise helping out with association activities.  As always, if you drive to the meeting, we’d ask you NOT to park in the spaces immediately adjacent to the restaurant.  If we fill those up, we tend to scare away other customers.  And you’re welcome to order from Squeal’s excellent menu during the meeting.

Town Hall with Senator Karen Carter-Peterson.  Thursday evening, March 17, 6 p.m. at St. Matthew’s, corner of Carrollton and Willow.  The legislature will be meeting soon, of course.  The senator has invited representatives from the State Departments of Revenue, Education, Insurance, and Health and Hospitals to attend and answer questions. Representatives from Council Districts and State Representatives’ offices have also been invited.  As the senator says:  “Before I speak as your voice, I want to hear yours.”

“Fight the Blight” Day at Harrell Park, Claiborne and Leonidas – Saturday, March 19, 8-2.   Organized by the Mayor’s office.  More details as they become available in the next few days, but plan now to join us for a major neighborhood clean-up effort.

Big garden-building day at Johnson School, Saturday March 26, 9-12.  Many of you have helped with earlier stages of the garden and beautification efforts around the Johnson School.  Here’s your chance to be part of the next big phase of the Community Schoolyard Garden.

3 projects are to be completed on the 26th:

1) Building of the remaining beds and the filling of beds with gravel and soil

2) Building of the base stands for the rain barrels

3) Construction of rain barrels

Each project will have a team which will include one project leader, team leaders, and volunteers.  Project leaders will oversee the entire project.  Team leaders will work with small teams of volunteers on specific aspects of the project.

If you are able to attend the workday on 3/26 please read the project descriptions below and decide which project you would like to work on and in what capacity.  Then let Mary Dewitt Dukes know by emailing mddukes2@aol.com.  Team leaders will meet with their project leaders at 8:30 on the 26th to clarify project details before the build begins at 9:00am.

PROJECT 1:  Building of the remaining beds and the filling of beds with gravel and soil

This group will work in the garden site laying out and building the remaining beds out of cement blocks.  They will fill completed beds with 4 inches of gravel, and then fill with soil.  This group requires the most help.  Several team leaders are needed to direct the movement and distribution of gravel and soil, ensuring appropriate levels of each.  Many volunteers are needed to move blocks, gravel, and soil.  
           
PROJECT 2: Building of the base stands for the rain barrels

This group will work inside the courtyard of the School to build the raised wooden bases that the rain barrels will sit on to provide stability and gravity pressure for the water system function.  We need 7 base stands for the garden.  Plans for the base stands have already been designed.  Team leaders (preferably 7) with construction skills are needed to work with 2-3 volunteers each to follow the plans and construct the bases

We also need two people with measuring and sawing experience to run a cutting station to provide lumber for project 2. 

PROJECT 3: Construction of rain barrels

This group will also work inside the School’s courtyard to build the rain barrels which will sit on top of the base stand when finished.  Each set of four barrels (7 sets) will be constructed using 50-gallon plastic barrels, PVC pipes, faucets etc.  Individuals with plumbing and PVC pipe experience are needed for this project.  As the barrels are built they will be moved onto the bases already in place to be finished and secured

Again, Please respond to Mary Dewitt Dukes- mddukes2@aol.com to let the planning team know what project you would like to work on and if you have skills to lead a small team of volunteers.  Team leaders will meet with their project leaders at 8:30am on Saturday, March 26th to review project details before the build begins around 9am.

And FYI:  In the last month, your neighborhood association has supported alcoholic beverage licenses for Pepperoni’s Pizza on Hampson and the new Cowbell restaurant on Oak (with understandings in which they agree to limit their hours of operation and the transfer of the license).  We have also been part of a “friends of the court” brief in a lawsuit brought by groups in the French Quarter seeking to enforce rules against the illegal expansion of hotels into residentially zoned properties.

Hope to see you Wednesday.

Best, Jerry