The Lafayette Consolidated Council will vote Tuesday evening on an ordinance that would shift control of roughly $452,000 in direct funding for non-governmental organizations such as 232-HELP, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Acadiana Arts Council and Festival International de Louisiane to the Community Foundation of Acadiana and phase out that funding over a three-year period.
The ordinance, subject of last week’s cover story, “The NGOs,” has generated passionate debate at theind.com. Our tally of council members suggests the ordinance will fail by a 6-3 vote.
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.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.