Maria LoVullo — an art teacher, local fixture in Acadiana and wife of musician Jonno Frishberg — was recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. The couple and their two children were featured in The Independent's February 2006 cover story about transplants to Acadiana who had left New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. The family has since returned to New Orleans but retains ties established here long before the storms of 2005.
Local musicians are banding together to help the family offset its mounting medical expenses. Performers for Jonno & Maria’s Family Benefit will include (in order of appearance) Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Choupique, Nouveau String Band, Drew Landry, Lucky Playboys, David Egan, Charivari, Celjun, Black String Band, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys. The benefit takes place Jan. 11 at the Blue Moon Saloon, beginning at noon. Admission is $10 at the door. Donations will be accepted, and there will also be a silent auction and gumbo.
Donations can also be made directly to Maria LoVullo and sent to her attention at 4468 Arts St., New Orleans, La., 70122.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.