|No matter how late I’ve been out the night before, Party Girl is always willing to get up early and get involved for a day of caring. I recently went dressed in my Live United T-shirt with my fellow patrons to help support the launch of the United Way of Acadiana’s 2008 Annual Campaign and Day of Caring. The 15th Annual Day of Caring brought together four parishes, 32 service projects and 300 volunteers to make a difference on June 13. For a real treat, United Way’s zydeco breakfast featured the music of Lil’ Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers. Grammy winner Terrance Simien made a special guest appearance and played with Lil’ Nathan for a couple of songs. “There is no better way to launch a community-wide movement than a day dedicated to volunteer service,” says Margaret Trahan, President/CEO United Way of Acadiana. “Today, we reach out a hand and influence the conditions of all. And, the best is, today is only the beginning.” Members and volunteers participated throughout Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. Projects included painting, landscaping, organizing food pantries and clothes donations, construction projects, and outings with children. Volunteer time totaled nearly 1,500 hours, valued at $30,000 for the day. Live United is more than a campaign theme, explains Sarah Berthelot, chief of philanthropy for United Way of Acadiana. “Live United is a call to action, a way of life. And today we invite Acadiana to join our movement and be part of the change.” Party Girl knows a good thing when she sees it, and what I saw that day was heart-warming. Good job, United Way of Acadiana ,and thanks to all the volunteers and staff for their efforts.
Celebrating Independence Day is a Party Girl tradition, and Sugar Mill Pond was just the spot for me on July 4. SMP held its 3rd annual Independence Day Celebration with fabulous fireworks, pony rides, face painting and of course live music by Kim Brasso and the Louisiana Boogie for the adults. Open to the public, this event was larger then ever despite some fear there would be a downpour. Of course the rain held out; no one was going to rain our parade! Jeldwen Windows and Doors helped to cool everyone down on this hot summer evening with ice-cold lemonade. Among the patriotic crowd, the fireworks were really something to see, and even the Statue of Liberty made an appearance.
Party On! — PG
Fireworks at the pond
Isabelle Beaullieu, Julia Hebert & Hayes Beaullieu
Derek, Michelle, Julia & Anne Marie Hebert
Statue of Liberty
PJ Naomi & Carl Hamilton, the grill masters
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.