Jefferson Street Pub was the scene for the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association’s boisterous summer gathering of attorneys, law clerks, judges and friends. Budding barristers bellied up to the “seasoned” pros, who shared war stories about battling it out in the real world. This impressive new crop of lawyers possesses two of Party Girl’s favorite attributes — cuteness and smartness (intelligence is tres sexy!) While the pub’s multiple screens broadcast the NBA final game, guests noshed on spicy jambalaya washed down with adult beverages. Groom-to-be Jacob Hargett won one of the coveted door prizes — a gift certificate donated by Party Central (a great start to his new married life). Among the legal-eagles were Barbara Olinde, Kyle Bacon, Matt Fontenot, Cynthia Simon, Frank Slavich, Cynthia Simon, Jeremy Morrow and “Big Bar” Prez Chuck Ziegler.
It was an extra special wine dinner at Charley G’s when Executive Chef Holly Goetting presented a decadently-decorated Chocolate Banana Smores dessert to her dad, Joel, to celebrate his birthday. While Holly’s mom, Denise, beamed on, the oenophiles in the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to her proud papa. Guests enjoyed a superb meal of coconut scallop “Mojito” ceviche, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and Louisiana caviar, truffled chicken liver pate with rye croutons, picked vegetables and duck cracklins and wood grilled venison tenderloin topped with cranberry reduction and served with sweet potato puree. Enjoying the festive fare were adorable couple Mike and Jean Coluzzi; George Graham and his gorgeous wife, Roxy; precious Prissy Wilson and her husband, David; and Party Girl’s favorite doc, Kirtland Swan, with wife Marlene.
Mike and Jean Coluzzi
Dr. Kirtland and Marlene Swan
George and Roxy Graham, and Prissy Wilson
Holly Goetting, Joel and Denise Goetting
Tiger Breaux, waiter extraordinaire
Barbara Olinde, Matt Fontenot, Melissa Bonin and Kyle Bacon
Cynthia Simon, Frank Slavich, Maggie Simar, Jeremy Morrow and Adam Abdalla
Jacob Hargett, Philip Boudreaux Jr. and Jeremy Morrow
Doug Truxillo, Melissa Bonin and Stewart Breaux
Flo and Chuck Ziegler
Jessie and Arthé Lambert
Larry Curtis, Buzz Durio and Will Schieffler
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APR 18 So Gov. Jindal's new press secretary already has blocked blogger CB Forgotston from her Twitter account, CB tells us in this post. Sure, CB hasn't exactly been sugar sweet to the lady, but if his blogs are all it takes for her to get in a huff she better find some intestinal fortitude somewhere, because that's just the tip of the iceberg.
APR 18 Pooyie! Robert Kennedy Jr. isn't pulling any punches in this column on Huffington Post about the flood board's lawsuit against Big Oil and Bobby Jindal's involvement in efforts to kill it. Kennedy, who is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, describes Jindal as 'genuflecting to Big Oil's pressure' and 'the industry's chief indentured servant.' Dang!
APR 18 Here's a video of UL Coach Mark Hudspeth showing he can pump some serious iron. It sure impressed the Dr. Saturday blog, which calls his press of 370 pounds a "ridiculous" number for a coach -- and opines that no other college coach could beat ours.
APR 18 Columnist John Maginnis offers some advice to Vance McAllister on this post: Don't quit. Republicans have demanded he resign, but offer no "sensible answer" to the question of why David Vitter shouldn't leave, too, he says. McAllister needs to do his duty and serve out his (abbreviated) term, Maginnis says.
APR 18 Blogger Lamar White Jr. comments upon the plan to make a Bible Louisiana's "official book" in this post. He argues his point by telling us the story of an immigrant couple who moved to Louisiana: Amar and Raj, whose oldest child is now our Governor. This action would have a much larger impact, he opines.
APR 18 There's only one major bill left defending public education, blogger Mike Deshotels writes in this post. He's also got a few choice words for state Superintendent John White, who implies that Louisiana teachers would be thrown into chaos and disarray if they didn't have a test to teach. (Maybe kids would actually get an education then? Nah!)
APR 18 An effort to set up speed cameras on the Interstate has been shut down before it even got started, columnist Stephanie Grace tells us in this post. A bill to block the practice is sailing through the legislature -- where apparently no one wants visitors to our fair state to arrive home to a ticket. (These guys must never drive on I-10 with people from Texas).
APR 18 Blogger Tom Aswell reassures everyone worried about the staffers for Rodney Alexander -- the ones who didn't go to work for McAllister or Candid Camera, anyway -- with this post. Apparently one staffer for the retired Congressman (who also worked for a preacher accused of sexual assault) already has been hired by Alexander in the state department he now runs, Aswell says.
APR 17 At the start of the Tuesday board meeting that ended with his removal from the President's post, Joe Aguillard told the governing board of Louisiana College that SACS, the accreditation agency, requires the board to adopt a confidentiality agreement regarding board actions. Later that day, SACS told the Town Talk that confidentiality agreements would never be required. Calvinist or not, isn't lying wrong?
APR 17 Here we are, looking like backwater dummies again in the national media. This story on Huffington Post tells the nation that our legislators are so scared of the Louisiana Family Forum that they won't vote to repeal a law that was ruled illegal years ago. (Guess these particular Christians don't cotton to that "love one another" thing.)
APR 17 Here's an interesting column from Paul Stanley, political opinion editor of the Christian Post. He breaks down the differences between David Vitter and Vance McAllister, in terms of political realities. What he found surprising was the fact that many GOP leaders are swinging a self-righteous sword at McAllister which had remained sheathed when Vitter's "sin" was revealed. He does have an interesting theory -- that Jindal's people want the Vitter issue to be revived.
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