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Joint Press Conference on Monday, June 1st at 10:00 am

With the start of Hurricane Season just two weeks away Parish President David Peralta is urging residents 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. Here are a few tips to follow:

Personal Readiness

• 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.

• 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 http://www.getagameplan.org/ 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.

Residents who need assistance with evacuating should contact the Office of Homeland Security at (504) 278-4268.

There will be a joint press conference on Monday, June 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Port of New Orleans. President Peralta and presidents from Jefferson, St. Charles and Plaquemines, as well as Mayor Landrieu and other state agencies will participate in the press conference.

Ribbon Cutting held for Lena Drive Bridge Crossing

Ribbon Cutting held for Lena Drive Bridge Crossing

St. Bernard Parish Officials dedicated the Lena Drive Bridge crossing at the 20 Arpent Canal. The bridge was constructed by James Construction Group, LLC. Volkert, Inc. is the Engineer and H. Davis Cole & Associates is the Project Manager. The total cost for the project is $826,661.00 and was funded by FEMA Dollars.  The scope of work included replacement of the existing Lena Drive culvert crossing over 20 Arpent Canal with a clear-span bridge, including but not limited to removal of existing structures, installation of the new bridge, concrete piles, concrete pavement, and storm drain structures; bank stabilization, and waterline replacement.


Photo by Lenor Duplessis. Pictured from left to right are Chamber Director Stephen Reuther, Volkert Representative Anthony Evett, Assistant Recovery Manager Andrew Becker, Resident Inspector Rick Stierwald, Recovery Manager Donald R. Bourgeois, Jr., Public Works employee Darlene Zeorner, Resident Inspector Diana Goin, Parish President David Peralta, Rusty Bergeron, Public Works employee Donna Nye, FEMA Representative Jenny Campora, Evan Braud, FEMA Representative Dave Putman and Project Manager Jason Guy.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony held on Four Canal Crossings

Groundbreaking Ceremony held on Four Canal Crossings

St. Bernard Parish Officials broke ground on one of several canal crossings part of the Group 5 Canal Crossing Package. The project includes canal crossings at the 20 Arpent where they intersect with Thelma Street, Marietta Street, Volple Drive and Campagna Drive. Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. is the engineer, BLD Services, LLC is the contractor and H. Davis Cole & Associates is the Project Manager. The total cost for the project is $2,769,336.50 and is 100% Funded by FEMA Dollars.

Photo by Lenor Duplessis. Pictured on the front row from left to right Councilman Casey Hunnicutt, FEMA Representative Jenny Campora, GOHSEP Representative, Glenda Bocking, Resident Inspector Diana Goin, Parish President David Peralta, Recovery Manager Donald R. Bourgeois, Jr, BLD Services Representative Brett Audibert and Chamber Director Stephen Reuther. Pictured on the back row are Project Manager Jason Guy, FEMA Representative Dave Putman, Resident Inspector Rick Stierwald and Recovery Assistant Manager Andrew Becker. To view more photos visit www.facebook.com/StBGov.

Canal crossings

St. Bernard Parish Library Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 1st.

St. Bernard Parish Library Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 1st.  

Great Scott! It's a book! It's a reader! At the library! It must be summer reading! Indeed, it is. The St. Bernard Parish Library will hold its annual summer reading program beginning Monday, June 1st. The themes for this year's program are Every Hero has a Story for pre-readers thru 5th graders, Unmask for 6th thru 12 graders and Escape the Ordinary for adults. Readers of all ages can register at the library's Chalmette Branch beginning Monday, June 1st. The first 100 families to sign up will receive a Super Summer Reader Yard sign.

Each reader will receive an official summer reading bookmark, reading bingo game and a calendar of events. In addition, pre-readers thru 5th graders signing up June 1st through June 10th will receive a free movie pass to see Back to the Future compliments of Chalmette Movies. Movie passes may be redeemed only at our local Chalmette Movies June 5th through June 11th. Show times to be announced at the start of the program.

Six weeks of fun activities are set with weekly story programs being held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and again on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. Specialguests make appearances at the library on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., and a variety of artists will share their talents during the library's Fridays with the Arts performances taking place on Fridays, of course, at 3 p.m. All programming will take place at the library's Chalmette location. Funding for our popular Fridays with the Arts series comes from a grant by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs. Summer festivities will end with our Grand Finale prize drawing on Friday, July 10th.

In addition to attending lots of fun programs, St. Bernard Parish Library readers will have the opportunity to win prizes by completing reading bingo games. Pre-readers through 12th graders who finish by July 9th will be eligible to have their names entered into our grand finale prize drawing. Younger readers will also receive a certificate of completion along with McDonald's coupons. Older readers will receive McDonald's coupons and a magnetic bookmark, while supplies last. Adult readers can turn in completed activity sheets through August 1st and register for their prize drawing scheduled for August 4th and they will also receive a magnetic bookmark and McDonald's coupons.

Summer reading prize sponsors to date are: Audubon Institute, Chalmette Movies, Crave! Bar and Grill, Da Bayou Bounce & Slides, Inc., J & M Jewelers, Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi, Louisiana Children's Museum, McDonalds, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc., Pets Plus, and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers.

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 .

St. Bernard Parish Housing Office announces availability of low income energy assistance (LIHEAP)

St. Bernard Parish Housing Office announces availability of low income energy assistance (LIHEAP)  

Applicants can begin calling on Monday, May 4, 2015

Please Read Carefully

St. Bernard Parish Government Department of Housing and Redevelopment is announcing the availability of funds dedicated to assist St. Bernard Parish residents who are eligible low income households with their energy payments. Applicants will be seen by appointment ONLY. Appointments will be set on a first come first serve basis. Walk-ins will NOT be seen. There are reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities, call our office to request reasonable accommodations. There are limited appointments available. Clients may begin calling 504-278-4468 Option 3; callers must leave a detailed voice mail (full name and call back number) between 8:30am and 4:30pm beginning Monday, May 4, 2015 to receive an appointment.

An eligible household is one whose total monthly income is below the levels listed below, and who have not received a previous benefit within the past six months. Applicants must fill out an application, and provide, at a minimum, the following documentation:

1. Driver's License of State ID of applicant and head of household

2. Social Security cards for all members of the household

3. Proof of income for all members of the household including anyone in the household over 18*

4. Copy of the energy bill (assistance is provided for Entergy and Atmos ONLY , no water)

5. Secondary proof of residency if the address on the ID does not match the service address

6. Current Award Letter for food stamps (if applicable)

7. Current Utility Allowance if the applicant is on the HCV Program

*Anyone in the household over the age of 18 who is unemployed will be required to fill out and sign a "Zero Income" form, and it must be completed in order for the application to be processed. Any employable member of the household who is not employed will be referred to the Workforce Commission before receiving payment of benefits.

Applicants without complete documentation will not be processed, and will have to call for a second appointment.

Proper documentation is required at time of appointment. All information is subject to verification. Intentional misrepresentation of information may result in criminal prosecution.

Household Size Max. Monthly Household Income

1    $1807

2    $2363

3    $2920

4    $3476

5    $4032

6    $4588

7    $4692

8    $4796

St. Bernard Parish Housing and Redevelopment is located at: 2009 Esteban St., Arabi, LA 70032

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