All was glitter and gold for Michael Lavergne’s 35th Age of Aquarius Golden Gala & Dance Party Extravaganza at the Blue Moon Saloon. Admission was a gold item of clothing or accessories, and boy, did the guests outdo themselves with disco-inspired attire and out-of-sight afro wigs. The dance floor was transformed into a discotheque with tiered gold foil chandeliers and glitzy kitschy décor. By midnight, dance-frenzied guests had torn down the chandeliers and were using them as hoola hoops (including Party Girl, naturally) and wearing Crime Scene tape as accessories. What a wild scene! Dancing the night away in the packed house were Lavergne’s PASA colleagues and his closest friends.
|Paige Krause and Amy Venable||Heather Newman, Michael Lavergne, Jason Crooks
and Kate Lemoine
|Ross Fontenot and Michael Lavergne||Michael Lavergne and Jason Crooks|
|Paige Krause, Kevin Ancelet, Corey Faul,
Jason Crooks and Colin Miller
|Jason Carroll and Regina Reviere|
|Paul Cockrell, and Tricia and Stafford Barnett||Lian Cheramie a/k/a Cookie Bouillion
and Mandy Migues
Karen Lippman’s outdoor poolside patio was the scene for the King Cake, Champagne and Super Bowl party co-hosted by Lippman, Karmen Blanco and Lisa Hanchey. Big game hunter Duaine Demny cooked up a tender venison backstrap cut in strips, stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeno and wrapped in bacon. Hanchey served up a massive pot of taco soup with fixings, and a cheesy black eyed pea dip in honor of the halftime entertainers, The Black Eyed Peas, and chef John Panaro went the gourmet route with spicy deer sausage over creamy polenta. For dessert, Gail Wolf prepared an exquisite chocolate éclair cake, served alongside an assortment of king cakes from Southside Bakery and Gambino’s.
|Brad Colgin and Duaine Demny||Duaine Demny and Karen Lippman|
|Patti Reed and Michelle Strohe||Janice Hebert, Gail Wolf and Teri Stelly|
|Karmen Blanco, Duaine Demny, Emily Guilbeau,
Brad Colgin, Karen Lippman, Johanna Villarreal
and Gail Wolf
|Jason Rhodes, Kris Wartelle and
Teri Stelly (front row); Johanna Villarreal
and Brad Colgin (middle row); Duaine
Demny, Karen Lippman, Karmen Blanco,
Amy Romero and Stephen Fournet
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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.
Our View: It’s reasonable, temporary and invests in Lafayette’s future.
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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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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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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.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
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.
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