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Waterline repairs in Eastern St. Bernard set for May 24th

Residents in Eastern St. Bernard may experience low water pressure and temporary outages throughout the day on Wednesday, May 24th while contractor connects the new water main along LA 46 to an existing water main that services the areas of Delacroix, Reggio, Hopedale and Shell Beach. Residents and businesses should call 504-278-4300 should they experience any long period of outages or any other issues with low water pressure. St. Bernard Parish Government will have personnel on hand should any issues arise.

U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Field Representatives

Applicants must pre-register to take the Census Applicant Test

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking applicants for jobs in our area.  The pay rate is $14.07 – $19.41 per hour plus reimbursement of $0.53 per mile driven on duty.  For more information contact the Atlanta Regional Office at 1-800-4246974 (ext. 53959).

Basic requirements are as follows:

  • Must be willing to work days, evenings and weekends
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and use of an insured vehicle
  • Must have a physical residence within the area of consideration
  • Bilingual/multilingual applicants are encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

  • All applicants must pre-register to take the Census applicant test
  • Email a copy of your information to
  • Be sure to include your
  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

St. Bernard Parish Recreation/Leisure Program to host Monthly Sock Hops through August

Sock Hops to be held on the 3rd Friday of each Month at Val Riess Complex

St. Bernard Parish Leisure Program hosted a Sock Hop on May 19th at Val Riess Complex.  The kids danced their socks off in the dance off.  The Leisure Program will host Sock Hops on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. through the month of August.  The next Sock Hop will be held on Friday, June 16th where there will be a Limbo, Dance and Lip Sync Contest.   All sock hops will be held at Val Riess Sports Complex / Hall of Fame Building, located at 1101 Magistrate Street in Chalmette (End of Palmisano).   Children ages 9 – 13 can attend at a cost of $5.00 each.  Children will NOT be allowed to come in and out.  All children must be picked up by 9:30pm.  Police Officers and Chaperones will be on site.

NO DROP OFF- Parents/Chaperone must come in to sign in child(ren)and must have I.D. when picking up child(ren).  As always, there will be a D.J. and extra fun.  Pizza, drinks, candy and other concessions will be available along with NEW and EXCITING items such as glow rings, and glow batons and emoji’s.

For more information on the Leisure Program contact Denise Montalbano, Leisure Coordinator at 504-278-4295 or email at

Baseball Season is in the Air in St. Bernard

St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department wrapped up a weekend of Jamboree Games with games at Carolyn Park and Kenilworth.  Baseball season officially starts today at 6:00 p.m. with games at Val Riess Sports Complex and Kenilworth.  With over 1,067 kids registered to play on 85 teams the Recreation Department is looking forward to a fantastic summer.



Joint Press Conference – Thursday, June 1st


With the start of Hurricane Season two weeks away Parish President Guy McInnis urges residents to have a personal plan.   Hurricane Season runs from June 1st thru November 30th and the parish has no shelter of last resort so residents should identify a safe place to go in the event of a storm.  St. Bernard Parish is doing their part to get ready.  St. Bernard Parish Government has generators at all parish facilities that have been tested and are fully operational.

The Lake Borgne Basin Levee District held operation/exercises at the three highways floodgates (Hwy 46, Hwy 300 (Bayou Road) and Hwy 39) and one railroad floodgate (Hwy 39).  The gates were opened and closed to ensure that the systems are functioning property in the event of an emergency.

The Office of Homeland Security will hold a Critical Transportation Needs (CTN) Exercise on Wednesday, May 24th at the Civic Center.  This program is designed to assist those in need of transportation during an evacuation and cannot self-evacuate due to lack of resources, transportation or medical conditions.

There will be a joint press conference on Thursday, June 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Port of New Orleans.  President McInnis, parish presidents from the surrounding areas, Emergency Management Directors and other state agencies will participate in the press conference.

Here are a few tips for residents to follow:

Personal Readiness

  • Put together an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid supplies, basic tools, and extra car keys.
  • Take Inventory of your valuables, including approximate value and date purchased. Pictures or videos are great. Go to for more formation.
  • Take photos and important documents with you such as mortgage and insurance papers.
  • Add your insurance company’s claims number to contacts on your cell phone.
  • Read and understand your homeowner and auto insurance policies, especially your deductibles. Talk to an agent to make sure you have the appropriate amount of insurance coverage to protect what matters most to you.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
  • Clear drains, gutters and downspouts of debris to prevent drains from breaking during heavy rains and water flooding into your home.
  • Extend and re-direct the downspouts close to your home to move the water away.
  • If storms are forecast, secure lawn furniture and other objects that could be moved by strong winds.

Residents can sign up for Alerts where they would receive notification of severe weather notifications and other critical community alerts.  Residents can also sign up for assistance with evacuating.  Contact the Office of Homeland Security at (504) 278-4268 or online at, and then click on the Office of Homeland Security Logo.  Both of these programs can be found on the right side of the page.  Photos by Lenor Duplessis

Pictured are Lake Borgne Levee District Director Ryan Foster, Councilman Monty Montelongo, District Chief Eddie Estopinal and Parish President Guy McInnis at the closing of the Floodgate on Highway LA 46.  Photo by Lenor Duplessis

Parish President Guy McInnis host Town Hall Meeting on Recreation

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis hosted a Town Hall Meeting Monday night at Val Riess Sports Complex to discuss ways to improve the parish’s Recreation Department.  The following topics were discussed:

  • Ways to improve registration
  • Maintenance of the parks
  • Zones establishing a 501 3c, and implement reporting, meetings, audits, etc.
  • A location for Versailles Zone park
  • The possibility of having a part-time person assigned to zones
  • Develop an officials training program to better train officials and mentor new officials
  • Repairs needed at Val Riess and Carolyn Park
  • Changes needed to the Sports Pilot computer program
  • Establish Social Media page for the zones


St. Bernard Parish Department of Community Action (CSBG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and no client, applicant, or employee shall on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, political affiliation or any other non-merited factor be denied the benefits or be excluded from participation in or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or service which CSBG funded agencies operate. For additional information contact: Luther Jackson, CSBG EO Officer; 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043; *Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.*Hearing impaired please call 711 or 1-800-846-8257, 504-355-4420.

Parish President Guy McInnis takes one for the Foundation

Fundraiser to support brain tumor research

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis hosted “Pie Guy”, a fundraiser to raise monies to promote Brain Tumor Research. Employees purchased tickets for a chance to “Pie Guy” during the May 16th Council Meeting. Public Works Employee Darlene Zoerner was the winner and she pied the President with the help of Preston Senez (son of David Senez, Jr.). The fundraiser was sponsored by the David Senez, Jr. Foundation and rose over $300.

David Senez, Jr. was thirty-three years old and battled a rare brain tumor for eight years. After he passed away his wife, Linda Senez, started the DJS Foundation to bring awareness and make a difference in the fight against brain tumors by providing assistance with travel expenses for others needing medical treatment. For more information on how you can help visit

St. Bernard Parish KID FIT Karate Program is accepting applications for the Summer Program

Join the fastest growing sport in America!!

St. Bernard Parish Karate Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Kid Fit Karate Summer Program. The Kid Fit Karate Program offers instruction in Traditional Karate. Classes are held at Hannan Sports Complex located at 2501 Archbishop Hannan Boulevard in Meraux. The Instructor, Darrell Goodyear, is the former Vice President of the USA National Karate-do Federation and has more than 40 years of training and teaching in traditional karate.

New classes are being offered for ages 6 and up. Karate teaches discipline, confidence, respect, life skills and self-esteem. Enrollment is limited. For more information or to register your child call 504-884-9392.


St. Bernard Parish Government and the Regional Planning Commission for Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes will be hosting an open house to review a draft of the new Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan for St. Bernard Parish.

This update was initiated last November with a $40,000 grant from the Regional Planning Commission. The purpose of the project is to update the existing 2014 plan to reflect current plans for future bicycle facilities (for example, bicycle routes, paths, trails and bicycle lanes) and pedestrian improvements like sidewalks and crosswalks.

The project is led by a consultant team headed by Ellen Soll, Soll Planning New Orleans, working with ALTA Planning and Design of Portland, Oregon. The consultant team was assisted by a Technical Advisory Committee who provided input on needs, methodology, current planning, programmed construction, and proposed improvements. The Technical Advisory Team includes Michael Bayham (St. Bernard Transit Manager), Clare Brown (Regional Planning Commission), Scott Boyle (La. Department of Transportation and Development), Walter Brooks (Executive Director, Regional Planning Commission), Lynn DuPont (Regional Planning Commission), Deborah Jan Fagan (St. Bernard bicycle and pedestrian coordinator), Dan Jatres (Regional Planning Commission), Susan Klees (Bike St. Bernard), Keith Lagrange (St. Bernard Public Works Director), Howard Luna (St. Bernard Parish Council), Guy McInnis (Parish President), Karen Parsons (Project Manager, Regional Planning Commission), Carol Perkins (St. Bernard Parish ADA Committee), Richard Poche (St. Bernard Parish GIS Manager), Jason Stopa (St. Bernard Parish Planning Director), and Clint Trahant (St. Bernard Parish Planning Commission),

The new plan lays out a vision of a regional bikeway network designed to connect neighborhoods with two major regional trails – one along the Mississippi River and a second along the 40 Arpent. The draft plan includes recommendations for bicycle routes, shared marked lanes, bicycle lanes, multi-purpose trails, sidewalk connections, and other improvements spanning the entire Parish.

The pedestrian element, in particular, was guided by the Parish’s 2016 Complete Streets Policy which identified focus areas for future improvements.

“We appreciate the work that has been done to develop this draft plan by the Parish Technical Advisory Committee and consultant team. We are looking forward to hearing the public’s input on the various recommended improvements.” said Parish President Guy McInnis.