Rustic Barrel Men’s Salon celebrates a Ribbon Cutting

The owner of Rustic Barrel Men’s Salon held a Ribbon Cutting Celebration at 2520 Buffon Street in Chalmette. Kendi Portier was joined by Councilmembers Kerri Callais, and Richie Lewis, State Representative Ray Garofalo and Chamber President Elizabeth Ellison-Frost.

The Men’s salon is open Tuesdays thru Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and offers boys and men’s haircuts, hot towel razor shaves, beard/mustache trims and much more. For more information call 504-504-428-8771. Photos by Lenor Duplessis.
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The 14U St. Bernard Intensity All-Star Softball Team placed 2nd in the USSSA Louisiana “C” State Championship held in Slidell, LA on July 23rd, 24th & 25th, 2017. Congratulations ladies!

Pictured on the top row left to right are Kassidy Ajan, Chloe Higgins, Breone Major, Alivia Battle, and Kailey Bergeron. On the bottom row are Trinity Fortuna, Lannah Melerine, Rikki Adams, MacKenzie Bonvillian, and Ashley Dourrieu
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St. Bernard Parish Special Needs Residents are Eligible for Assistance with Evacuation

St. Bernard Parish residents with Special Needs are eligible for assistance in evacuating should a mandatory evacuation be called, either due to a hurricane or another type of emergency which might arise in the parish. Parish President Guy McInnis urges those who need help evacuating to register with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by calling 278-4268. We will send you the necessary forms which must be completed and returned to the office.

We also have our Special Needs Forms and instructions on our website, http://www.sbpg.net on the Homeland Security Page. Click on the Evacuation Assistance Button on the right side of the screen, then click print. Read and follow the instructions carefully when filling out the form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

In order to be eligible for this program you must process a valid ID or driver’s license. If you do not have a valid ID or driver’s license you will be processed by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriffs’ Office for identification purposes.

Forms are held for one year, from hurricane season to hurricane season. If it has been a year since you filled out a form, it is your responsibility to fill out a current form and return it to us. Also, if your contact information changes (address and telephone number) or if your circumstances have changed since you last filled out a form, please fill out a new form and forward to the following address:

St. Bernard Parish Government
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
8201 W. Judge Perez Dr.
Chalmette, LA 70043
ATTN: CTN Program Manager

Those with Special Needs would include two categories:

1. Residents who require a degree of medical care that exceeds that of general population, such as the disabled, the infirmed or those who are electrically dependent.

2. Residents who do not otherwise have transportation to get them to a bus pick-up area where they would be taken to a shelter outside of St. Bernard Parish.

It is important that Special Needs residents pre-register with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to insure transportation. “If you do not have transportation, we need to know about it,” McInnis said.

Residents who register with the program would be evacuated in the time period of 60-54 hours before tropical force winds make landfall on the Louisiana coastline, according to the St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

It is your responsibility to listen to the public service announcements which will give you specific directions, as the hurricane approaches.

Once we hit the 50 hour mark prior to landfall, the parish will not be able to provide transportation and residents will have to find another means of getting out of the parish. This is why we are getting the word out early.

Community and civic organizations interested in meeting with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness concerning this program are welcomed to call our office at 504-278-4268 to set up a time when we can meet with your group.
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St. Bernard Parish Government Office of Housing and Redevelopment to Host a Community Outreach Friday, July 7, 2017

St. Bernard Parish Government Office of Housing and Redevelopment will host a CSBG Community Outreach on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Frederick Sigur Civic Center, located at 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. The Outreach is for low income St. Bernard Parish residents.

Applications will be accepted for School Uniforms. CSBG Uniform Assistance is limited to students attending St. Bernard Parish Public Schools. Please note all applications are subject to income restrictions, program eligibility and funding.



• Driver’s License or State ID for all household members over the age of 18
If your license or ID indicates a non-parish address, please bring alternate proof of residency (utility bill, etc.)
• Social Security cards for all members of the household
• Birth Certificate for each child (or proof of custody*)
• Verifiable Proof of income for all household members over the age of 18
• Current Award Letter for food stamps (if applicable) - Food Stamp Award Letters shall list all household members
• Valid proof of School Enrollment (uniform/tuition assistance)

*Anyone in the household over the age of 18 who is unemployed will be required to fill out and sign a “Zero Income” form with a referral to the St. Bernard Workforce Commission in order to be processed. Please call 504-278-1471 for details.

State-established 2017 Income Guidelines are listed below:

Family Size Annual Income 125% of Poverty
1 $15,075
2 $20,300
3 $25,525
4 $30,750
5 $35,975
6 $41,200
7 $46,425
8 $51,650
$5,200 for each additional family member over 8
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St. Bernard Library News
Build a Better World Summer Reading Program

It may be a short week because of the July 4th holiday, but the St. Bernard Parish Library has a full slate of activities scheduled during the 5th week of its Build a Better World summer reading program. Getting things started off with a bang will be a visit with Ronald McDonald on Monday, July 3rd at 11:30 a.m. Audience members of all ages are sure to enjoy this free show that includes magic, laugher and fun. There will be no programming on Tuesday, July 4th as the library will be closed for the holiday. Activities resume with the Planet Protectors story craft program is scheduled on Wednesday, July 5th at 11 a.m. and will include stories and poems about ecology. This free hour-long program is open to the public and all materials for the craft will be provided.

We have many people in our parish who help to make our community a safe place to live. Summer readers will get to meet a few of those special people when the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department visits the library on Thursday, July 6th at 11:30 a.m. Chief Tommy Stone will be on hand to share his favorite fire truck stories with listeners and several firefighters will share fire safety tips and demonstrate how they use their equipment when they answer an alarm. Participants will also have the opportunity to go through the smoke house and to see a fire truck first hand. Future fire fighters will want to be first responders by coming to the library to meet our fire-fighting heroes.

Library friends of all ages are in for a treat when the Hampstead Stage Company presents the French fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast on Friday, July 7th at 3 p.m. The Hampstead Stage Company is one of the largest educational, not-for-profit touring companies in the United States. They have been bringing books to life through theater for over 31 years. They have performed over 2,000 shows a year in all 48 contiguous states and have played for about twenty-one million audience members. Their interactive tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors playing multiple roles. Children and adults from the audience also help in the production. This free hour-long play has been made possible by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works and donations by Arlette and Wayne Nunez with Shell Oil’s Matching Funds Program as well as the Lemonade Day Kids of St. Bernard.

Readers are encouraged to rush to completion the construction of their activity/game sheets. The deadline to turn in completed sheets and to be entered into the prize drawings is Thursday, July 13th for pre-Readers through 12th graders. Late entries will not be accepted. The Grand Finale prize drawing is set for Friday, July 14th at 3 p.m. for pre-Readers through 5th graders and the Teens and Tweens prize drawing will take place on Saturday, July 15th at 11:30 a.m. Adult readers have until, Saturday, July 29th to complete their bingo games to be eligible for their prize drawing set for Tuesday, August 1st. Readers who are unable to attend the prize drawings or who finish late, have until August 1st to receive their rewards. Prize sponsors for the library’s 2017 Build a Better World summer reading program are: Audubon Institute, Chalmette Movies, Crave Bar and Grill, J & M Jewelers, Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours, Kiwanis of St. Bernard-Arabi, Louisiana Children’s Museum, McDonalds of St. Bernard, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Paddlewheels, P.J.’s Coffee of St. Bernard, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, The Coffee House, and Wow’s Cafe’ & Wingery.

For more information, please stop by the library at 2600 Palmisano Blvd. in Chalmette or call 504-279-0448. Patrons can “like” the library on Facebook to get updates on library activities and they can also check out the library’s website at www.mysbpl.org.
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