|In early March I attended the Acadiana Advertising Federation’s 2008 ADDY Awards. It was an unsual setting for an awards ceremony, but I must admit it added a downright neighborly feel to the downtown IberiaBank tower. Among those taking away Gold and Silver Awards were BBR Creative, Megan Barra Graphic Design, Prejean Creative, The Graham Group, KATC TV, Vidox, LONGevity Design, Russo Ad Group, Right Angle Advertising and Kaplan Advertising & Production. The ADDY Awards had every category from best of show (which BBR captured) to people’s choice awards and art director of the year to electronic producer of the year. Party Girl’s personal favorite of all the categories was the student best of show award; it’s time for a few fresh ideas in advertising. Before the night was over, Party Girl’s new BFF was student Best-Of-Show winner Lantian Xie. On the same night of the ADDY Awards, the New Orleans Museum of Art, often referred to as NOMA, had Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, a 40-year retrospective of artist George Rodrigue on display. The opening reception in New Orleans drew a lot of Rodrigue fans from Lafayette — with some estimating that half of the people attending were from the Hub City. Those in attendance were Boyd and Georgette Anderson, Nancy Tabb Marcantel, Richard and Elaine Zchulag, Louise Liljedahl, Frank and Tracy Neuner, Peter Laborde, Renee Lejeune, Maragaret Laborde and Margaret Swords. The show will be on display through June 8, so be sure to make it to the Crescent City to check it out. There’s nothing that does a body more good than exercising for a cause. On Saturday, March 15, Frank Camalo, Danielle Lewis, Peggy Connick, Lynn Lewis, Jim Gibson, Greg Schexneider and Irv Esters were a few who participated in a cycling event in Lake Charles to raise money for local medical charities benefiting patients in need. A total of 25 riders rode 25 miles that day. Fortunately for those in need, 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis was more than willing to lend his star power to the cause. Landis was in town as a guest of Dr. John Noble, an orthopedist, who uses the Smith and Nephew hip replacements system on his patients — the same used on Landis’ hip. “Floyd was generous with his time and visited, took photos and signed jerseys and books for the ride participants. He was very friendly and seemed to genuinely enjoy his visit,” says Camalo. Party Girl is happy to report all this spinning raised $5,000 — not bad for an afternoon ride! Party On! — PG|
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Frank and Tracy Neuner
Louise Liljedahl and Tracy Neuner
Margaret Laborde and Margaret Swords
Peter Laborde and Renee Lejeune
Frank Camalo, Danielle Lewis, Peggy Connick, Floyd Landis, Lynn Lewis, Jim Gibson, Greg Schexneider and Irv Esters (kneeling)
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
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Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.