The Advocate reports today that St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Pierre Part is suing a local family there over a tiny island at the intersection of Bayou Grosbec and Bayou Pierre Part, which is home to a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church contends that it has maintained Virgin Island for 100 years and wants to build a 65-foot walking bridge from the rectory to the island, but the U.S. Coast Guard needs proof that the church owns the land before it will allow it to build the bridge.
To resolve that issue, the church filed a lawsuit against a local Pierre Part family that, until the lawsuit was filed, claimed they owned the land.
No one, however, has been able to locate a title to the land, or determine if a title has ever existed, said family members and the attorney for the church, Charlie Cusimano. ...
“We don’t own the island, we don’t want the island. We just want this lawsuit dropped and our names out of it,” said Paul Templet, a descendant of the defendants.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.