On Sept. 18, Party Girl stopped in at Nitetown for The CW Network launch party. KLWB joined The CW Television Network on Sept. 20, the official launch date of the new station. Party Girl was given the VIP treatment indeed, especially with iMonelli catering the event! Among the guests were Barbara Savoie from Awardmaster, Scott Lauck from Sandra's Health Food Store and his wife Gaye Lauck from Acadiana Travel & Cruise. Guests trickled in after work, but the crowd multiplied as the Top Cats hit the stage. They eased into the night with songs from Barry White and Van Morrison, but Party Girl almost dropped her cocktail when the band covered "Salt Shaker" by Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz! No lack of enthusiasm from the CW crew either; I heard the party lasted until the morning!
The Eta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority welcomed 10 new members into their organization at brunch on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Lafayette's a la carte. Eta Chi Omega is Lafayette's only alumnae or graduate member chapter; this organization today thrives as a sisterhood of women who have consciously chosen the affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service. The Chapter is under the leadership of President Stephanie Finley and Membership Chair Tanya Sias. (The Independent recently honored Stephanie Finley as one of the 2006 Women Who Mean Business on Sept. 20.) "We're excited to have 10 new members who will continue the sorority's tradition of service," said Finley.
When Party Girl heard of the outdoor film series "Movies in the Parc," she grabbed her afghan and her lawn chair. Parc International in downtown Lafayette was the perfect setting for the opening feature, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Good choice, however Party Girl is looking forward to the next outdoor film on Oct. 14, the pre-crazy Tom Cruise classic Top Gun! If the temperature is cool enough, Party Girl will dig out her bomber jacket and leave the afghan at home. Event organizer Michele Ezell from Tsunami was among the crowd catching the flick. "Wow! What an impressive event," she said. "At 6:40 p.m. there were approximately 100 people waiting for the gates to open. An estimated 1,200 folks quietly found their spot for viewing our Movie Night series in the Parc!"
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NOV 21 Bobby Jindal is headed to Iowa again, the Des Moines Register reports here. The paper outlines what's going on with Bobby's non-campaign for president, and there's a lot of stuff here -- too bad none of it sounds like somebody running Louisiana. Hey, wasn't that the job he wanted?
NOV 21 The end of the term has come for the grand jury investigating a lucrative Medicaid contract and a former state health official's ties to the company that won it, the Advocate reports here, but that doesn't mean the investigation into this stinkiness is over. There are still some things to look into, the lead prosecutor says.
NOV 21 With the passage of two amendments to Louisiana's much-amended constitution (it has been amended almost 200 times now) higher education has an even bigger target on its collective back, columnist Jim Beam opines in this post. Higher ed used to share the spotlight with health care, but that has changed, he says.
NOV 21 Here's a weird one: The Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association has endorsed Bill Cassidy for the U.S. Senate. Apparently, Mary Landrieu said she wouldn't consider support of medical marijuana but Cassidy said he would, WWL reports here.
NOV 21 Solange Knowles, possibly best-known for assaulting her brother-in-law in an elevator while wearing an ugly dress after the Met Ball, got married in the Marigny Opera House this past weekend, the New York Times reports here. Knowles, who has a house in the Faubourg Marigny district and owns a boutique in the Quarter, married Alan Ferguson.
NOV 21 This post on the Fuel Fix blog outlines a $1.4 billion move announced this week by the Apache Corp. that includes the sale of assets in south Louisiana. The company's interests in more than 90,000 acres in south Louisiana are some of the assets being sold, the post reports.
NOV 21 One (possible) positive from Hurricane Katrina is a comprehensive zoning ordinance for New Orleans. Nine years later, we're getting closer to that being finalized, but the current version has some problems. Here's the latest in a series of posts on The Lens in which residents give their views of the draft; this one is more amusing than most.
NOV 21 The new NOLA smoking ordinance is going to harsh your (nicotine) buzz, man. This post on Gambit outlines the high (or low, as the case may be) points: it includes electronic cigarettes and hookahs in its bans; eliminates smoking within 25 feet of any building's public entrance and in any public space - or near any public space - operated by the city.
NOV 20 Politico reports here that Bobby Jindal won't be kept out of the presidential race by anyone else's candidacy. (If he's running, which he's not, 'cause he's not done prayin' on it) So he's not interested in who is running, or what the polls say, or how much money he's got? K.
NOV 20 NOLA Defender's Tiny Daiquiri has a little fun with Bobby Jindal's Meet the Press appearance in this post. Bobby is still prayin' on whether or not he'll run for the job he's been running for over the past three years, Tiny says.
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