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Blues, Brews & BBQ - Saturday, October 1st from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Hwy. in Violet,
FREE ADMISSION
Benefitting the St. Bernard Community Center

MUSICAL LINEUP

Chalmette High School Jazz Band
Da’ By-u Blues Band
Major Bacon
30x90 Blues Women
Keith Stone Blues Band
Andy J. Forest
Mason Ruffner

BREWERIES

Tin Roof
Shiner
Parish Brewing
Bayou Teche
Abita
MudBug
NOLA Brewing
40 Arpent Brewing Company

BBQ

Crave
Charlie's
Natural Born Grillers
Silent Fluidity
Slow and Leaux
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FLORIDA AVENUE BRIDGE CLOSURES

Bridge control system repairs and testing at the Florida Avenue Bridge will require daily closures of the roadway in both directions next week, as follows:

Tuesday - Thursday, October 4-6, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Closed to all vehicular traffic.

The bridge will remain open to marine traffic and rail traffic during these roadway closures, but minor delays should be anticipated.
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Water and Sewer Staff Hosts Tours of Parish’s Water and Sewer Treatment Plants as part of the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibit and Conference (WEFTEC)

Water and Sewer Officials hosted recent tours of their facilities. Tours were given this week to a total of 90 delegates participating in the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibit and Conference (WEFTEC) at the Convention Center in New Orleans. Delegates were bussed to the Munster Treatment Plant and Water and Sewer Plant. Louis Jackson of Camp Dresser McKee and Smith (CDM-Smith), the Design Engineers, was on hand for technical support.

WEF’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference is the biggest meeting of its kind and offers water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available.

Quality Control Superintendent Jake Groby, Water Plant Manager Steve Lombardo and Chief Operator Richard Coffey showcased the parish’s state of the art facilities.

Those touring the facilities viewed the process of water coming in from the Mississippi and ending in the potable water in homes. The filtration process and SIMUL-Wash Backwash system showed how efficient the process operates with the new state of the art 2014 Water Treatment Plant has. The tour of the Munster Wastewater Treatment Plant allowed everyone to see up close how the biological treatment process operates, ending with an effluent discharge water that is crystal clear. The Delegates were impressed with the knowledge of the Operators and multiple processes that are used to treat our drinking water and wastewater. Photos by Lenor Duplessis.
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Water and Sewer Staff Hosts Tours of Parish’s Water and Sewer Treatment Plants as part of the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibit and Conference (WEFTEC) Water and Sewer Officials hosted recent tours of their facilities. Tours were given this week to a total of 90 delegates participating in the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibit and Conference (WEFTEC) at the Convention Center in New Orleans. Delegates were bussed to the Munster Treatment Plant and Water and Sewer Plant. Louis Jackson of Camp Dresser McKee and Smith (CDM-Smith), the Design Engineers, was on hand for technical support. WEF’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference is the biggest meeting of its kind and offers water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available. Quality Control Superintendent Jake Groby, Water Plant Manager Steve Lombardo and Chief Operator Richard Coffey showcased the parish’s state of the art facilities. Those touring the facilities viewed the process of water coming in from the Mississippi and ending in the potable water in homes. The filtration process and SIMUL-Wash Backwash system showed how efficient the process operates with the new state of the art 2014 Water Treatment Plant has. The tour of the Munster Wastewater Treatment Plant allowed everyone to see up close how the biological treatment process operates, ending with an effluent discharge water that is crystal clear. The Delegates were impressed with the knowledge of the Operators and multiple processes that are used to treat our drinking water and wastewater. Photos by Lenor Duplessis.

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ST. BERNARD PARISH HOSPITAL BOARD AND OCHSNER AGREE TO COMPLETE A 90-DAY OPERATIONAL ASSESSMENT

The St. Bernard Parish Hospital Board (SBPH Board) announced that they have approved a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) to complete a 90-day Organizational Assessment. Ochsner will lend senior leadership resources to St. Bernard Parish Hospital to complete the assessment over the agreed upon the term.

“I look forward to what we can learn through this process, “said Parish President, Guy McInnis. “Having care available locally and preserving local jobs are critical to our citizens in St. Bernard Parish.”

Kim Keene, current AVP, Clinical Operations for OMC-North Shore will assume the role of interim CEO for St. Bernard Parish Hospital and Anthony “Tony” Bonnecarre, current controller at OMC-North Shore will lend financial expertise to the assessment.

Following the Operational Assessment, Ochsner will make recommendations to the SBPH Board on how to best position the organization to continue to meet the needs of patients in the community. Throughout this process, St. Bernard Parish Hospital will follow standard operating procedures.

“The stability of our hospital is the number one priority of our board and as a result, we have been proactive in engaging Ochsner in these discussions ,” said Mary Hand, St. Bernard Parish Board Chairman. “Through this assessment, we also look forward engaging our physicians to work with the Board on this process through the formation of a physician advisory committee.”

“The challenges we currently face as healthcare providers are unprecedented.” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “As a leading healthcare organization, we take seriously our responsibility to help others improve the delivery of healthcare and to make our communities healthier.”

About SBPH
St. Bernard Parish Hospital is a local hospital that delivers high quality care with state-of-the-art technology. St. Bernard Parish Hospital has national certification by The Joint Commission, which ensures that it meets the highest standards in the healthcare industry. With its welcoming and friendly atmosphere, superior medical staff and advanced technology, St. Bernard Parish Hospital is truly the heart and soul of healthcare in St. Bernard Parish.

About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Hospital" across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide. Each year Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees, nearly 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts nearly 1,000 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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President McInnis addresses members of the Coastal Louisiana Levee Consortium in Baton Rouge

Parish President Guy McInnis addressed members of the Coastal Louisiana Levee Consortium at their meeting on September 28th. President McInnis spoke of the struggles of Lake Borgne Basin Levee District to maintain the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). He stated that the HSDRRS System protects the areas of Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes but only St. Bernard Parish has the burden to maintain it. President McInnis asked board members to support him in his efforts to have the funding requirements spread out equally among the three parishes that benefit from the system.

Photo by Lenor Duplessis - President McInnis is 2nd from the right.
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