Party Girl's had her banquet hat on, mes amies. The Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet March 18 at the Martin Luther King Center. What an affair! Eric Singleton was inducted into his third term as president and gave a wonderful brief speech. Diane Mouton Allen served as mistress of ceremony, and City-Parish President Joey Durel gave the welcome. A highlight of the night was the Trail Blazer Awards, presented by Virginia Jones and Melinda Sylvester to Don Cravins, Ron Babineaux, Je'Nelle Chargois, Dr. E.W. Kinchen Jr. (who was the first African-American to serve on the Lafayette Chamber board), and the charming Clement Amos Sr. The always well-dressed Wilfred Pierre's gold-toned tweed suit and gold silk tie was just dashing, and Paul and Mercedes Colomb and Chris and Bonita Williams and their son Bradley were also in attendance. I can't wait for next year's banquet.
The Acadiana Power Squadron also held a banquet recently, with a Change of Watch Ceremony and dinner at the City Club at River Ranch. The organization is dedicated to safe boating and boating education, a big job this time of year as everybody's ready to get out on the water. Incoming and outgoing commanders were presented with officers' flags, and Dee Nolan outdid herself with the nautical-themed decorations and special activities for the event. Some special out-of-town guests made appearances, including New Orleans' young soloist Angelis Gray who sang beautiful renditions of "Anchors Away" and "Amazing Grace." Keep up the good work guys!
Party Girl had a ball at the 46th annual George Washington DAR Ball for the Galvez and Attakapas chapters at the Petroleum Club. Eight debutantes and patriots were honored, dressed to the nines in white dresses and sharp suits. "They were very beautiful," says Publicity Chair Kay Judice. "They all had a wonderful time." Mrs. Wallace Aaron LaFleur served as general chairman of the ball, Compatriot Stanton Hardee Jr. as captain and Compatriot Henry P. Hebert Jr. as master of ceremonies. Mrs. Frederick M. de la Houssaye, an honorary past regent, was an elegant marshall. After the stunning debutantes and young patriots were presented, the program ended with the traditional cutting of the George Washington birthday cake with commemorative swords. What a sight!
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JUL 27 The news gets worse in the case of the 11th hour bill that added a bunch of money to the retirement income of State Police Commander Mike Edmonson. Blogger CB Forgotston says here that the annual increase was not $30K, it was more like $55K. Also, it was Jindal buddy Neil Riser who tacked the action onto another bill - something he didn't feel compelled to tell us until now. But here's the best part - Edmonson turned down the money on Friday.
JUL 28 Finally, someone has pointed out that the far-right people who scream at immigrant children are not acting as Jesus would. Blogger Robert Mann runs a comparison of the actions of these alleged "Christians" against what the Bible says about their Savior -- and they come up lacking. Big time.
JUL 27 Here's the first of four pieces from Minnesota Public Radio about the horrible legacy of Gilbert Gauthe, the pedophile who also was a priest and used his position to obtain victims. The story gets into the most shameful aspect of that time - the protection Gauthe received from the leaders of the church. This four-piece story promises to be more comprehensive than anything we've seen, because it is looking back from so far. Some of the information here has only been released recently.
JUL 28 This story in the Picayune is a hopeful, happy one for a change. It's about a young woman who faced family problems that led to her dropping out of school. But now, just a few years later, she's completed two programs aimed at troubled kids and has landed a job in the kitchen of a John Besh restaurant.
JUL 27 Columnist James Gill has something for the Baton Rouge Metro Council -- and they could probably use it. He's giving them a piece of his mind in this post, taking them to task for being too (dumb, homophobic, gutless?) hesitant to pass the so-called tolerance ordinance, which basically says you can't discriminate against gay people in that fair city.
JUL 27 When you're telling people they have lost their jobs, you have to be careful about how you do it. When more layoffs were announced last week to the employees of the Office of Group Benefits, apparently that wasn't handled well, blogger Tom Aswell argues in this post. He's also got some info on who gets to stay - and how much they make. (Spoiler alert: It's a lot.)
JUL 28 After three years of revisions, the proposed new zoning ordinance for the city of New Orleans is ready for public review, this post on NOLA Defender reports. The plan is available starting today on the city's website and in several locations in the city, NoDef reports.
JUL 27 Here's an interesting infographic from LaPolitics on getting negative in political campaigning. There are several people who might want to take note - but chances are, they can't help themselves.
JUL 25 If you're not aware, there's a conflict among pro-choicers and pro-lifers going down in New Orleans. Anti-abortionists are protesting in the city this week, but those who support access to abortion have also been active in the city as a result. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow takes a look at what's going on in this clip, posted on Gambit.
JUL 25 Education Superintendent John White probably shouldn't sign a long lease on anything in Louisiana, Blogger Lamar Parmentel writes, because our reformer in chief is now in a situation "from which no amount of his own bs jargon or political hatchet work can extricate him." Lamar thinks that White is going to have to quit, and probably sooner rather than later.
JUL 25 This post on the Wall Street Journal examines the case of a Metairie physician who is making millions by filing whistle-blower lawsuits. His suits accuse corporations of defrauding federal agencies like Medicare, and when he wins he gets whistle-blower rewards - in the tens of millions of dollars. (You can view the story using your Facebook account, but if you don't want to do that, here's an abbreviated version in the Advocate.)
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