President’s Report August-September 2017

My goodness, so much has happened since our July General Membership meeting.  My emotions have been run amuck with Hurricane Harvey; the now infamous Hurricane Irma with Hurricane Jose’ on her heals and to our South Hurricane Katia. We have been very Blessed this hurricane season to date and pray we all stay safe for the remainder of this season. I hope the meeting in July was helpful in giving you important information in order to prepare for this very active hurricane season. May we all continue to pray for all of those affected by these terrible storms and continue to donate generously to the cause.

We would like to thank Robert Greene and his staff with Jefferson Parish EOC for his excellent presentation. He presented visual outlines on the large screen and prepared a stack of excellent handouts. Many thanks to Home Depot and there staff for putting together an outstanding presentation about hurricane preparedness. Thanks to Home Depot Manager Jackie Springer and employee Jack Strain for giving their time to educate us on supplies needed.  Timothy Myers of Lightning Services, Inc.  spoke about generator safety and shared some very valuable safety tips that I was unaware of. We thank him very much for his professional experience. Thanks to all of the members in attendance, your support inspires us to work even harder..

The general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will start promptly at 7:00 pm.  Our guest speakers will be Corinne Villavaso , Tyler Dugas, Deputy Stacey Taranto and Francisco Miramontes.  

Corinne Villavaso has a visual screen presentation for the ride-sharing program “GeauxRide NOLA”

Tyler Dugas is Asst. Program Manager with Jefferson Parish and his visual screen presentation will enlighten us all about the “Sewer Capital Improvement Program”

Deputy Stacey Taranto with Jefferson Parish Police department would like to introduce herself to our membership and present the “Crime STAS” for our area.

PS: There is a possibility that our New Sheriff Lopinto may stop by to introduce himself. No Promises.

Francisco Miramontes ( Pu Sa Bum Nim Francisco Miramontes) has studied Kuk Sool Won for the last 17 years and has 14 years of teaching experience under his 3rd degree belt. He is the owner of Kuk Sool Won of New Orleans and also finds time to teach classes at Xavier University. He will teach us some easy “Self Defense Moves”.

We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the community table and we will most graciously accept all.

We hope you all mark your calendars for our neighborhood NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME party.  The date is October 17, 2017 at 6 pm to 9 pm. Our event will take place in the parking lot of the Golden Age Center located in Jefferson Playground. We will have the Rock N Soul Band for your entertainment, food & drinks for your tummies and fabulous door prizes. We look forward to visiting with all of our neighbors.

Also please mark your calendars for our November general membership meeting. The date is November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. We are working hard to put together a presentation on the history of our great neighborhood. I am looking forward to learning about how our great neighbor came about.

Please continue to pray for our neighbor Rep. Steve Scalise, his family and all those who have been affected by the forces of Mother Nature.

We wish you all a Spooky Halloween.

Lisa G. Loup

President

Suburban Terrace Civic Association

 

June-July 2017 President’s Report

We would like to thank Director Mitch Theriot and his staff with Jefferson Parish Drainage Department for the excellent presentation. The visual footage presented on screen helped to connect all the dots. I think now I finally understand the complexity of our drainage and the dependence we all have on its performance. A special thanks to Carol Ruholl and Nancy Root with the Golden Age Organization for presenting information regarding the Golden Age Programs. Thanks to all of the members in attendance, your support is uplifting.

WOW, Tropical Storm Cindy was a wakeup call for me to get prepared for Hurricane season. It is more important than ever for me to be prepared as my parents are at the beautiful ages of 91 and 81. My responsibility to make sure I am ready so that I may care for all of their needs is paramount to their sense of security. Our next general membership meeting will be all that and more.

The general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be provided by Jefferson Parish Department of Emergency Management (JPEOC). They will present the updated information concerning Hurricane Preparedness in Jefferson Parish. Our second speaker is Bo Rodriguez owner of Bridge City Power Equipment. His presentation topic is generator safety. “When in doubt safety counts.” All the information provided will be crucial for your hurricane preparedness. This meeting will also have some great door prizes. Do not forget to get your ticket at the door for the raffle. We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the community table and we will most graciously accept all.

Also please mark your calendars for our September general membership meeting. The date is September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. We are working hard to put together a presentation on the newest information for self-defense. As the crime rate is souring around us we need to make sure we are educated in all aspects of defense.

Please continue to pray for our neighbor Rep. Steve Scalise and his family.

We wish you all a Lazy Labor Day Holiday.

Lisa G. Loup

President

Suburban Terrace Civic Association

April-May 2017 President’s Report

Our March meeting was very well attended and I would like to thank all the members who were able to come out and support your civic association. Our guest speaker, State Representative Cameron Henry, shared vital information about the state’s budget crisis, what new taxes may result and where cuts would be necessary. His passion and energy for government are apparent. I would like to thank Representative Cameron Henry for his time and information.

The Spring Fling on April 1, 2017 was also well attended. It was a pleasure to see all the little ones from the community making new friends and playing games. The band played some great tunes and there was plenty of food to go around. Jefferson Parish did an outstanding job setting the gym up for us and we truly appreciate their services. We would also like to thank PAWS for bringing some puppies to visit with us. My officers and board members made it all possible and STCA has truly been blessed with their service to our neighborhood. I would like to thank some wonderful members whom showed up early and helped out wherever they were needed. A special thanks to Mike Doyle and his family for not only donating the ice but bringing it to us. Congrats to all the winning members that walked away with the beautiful fresh flower arrangements. In all, we had over 70 members attend.

Our next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Director Mitch Theriot of Jefferson Parish Drainage Department. He will present the updated information concerning drainage in Jefferson Parish. We have had some very heavy rain events in the last several months and we all have concerns about how the drainage infrastructure will affect us. We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the community table and we will most graciously accept all.

Also please mark your calendars for our July general membership meeting. The date is July 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. We are working hard to put together a presentation on the newest information necessary for Hurricane preparedness.

We wish you all a Blessed Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Here’s to hoping your 4th of July will be a BLAST !

Lisa G. Loup
President
Suburban Terrace Civic Association

March 2017 President’s Report

It has surely been a busy two months, since I accepted the Presidency of the Suburban Terrace Civic Association. I am most grateful to all of the new officers and board members for their loyal participation. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Jefferson Parish and their staff. All of the departments I have contacted have been most helpful in our transition. I would especially like to acknowledge Councilman Paul Johnston’s secretary Margaret, Director Mitch Theriot’s secretary Ms. Williams, Director Amiee Vallot’s secretary Mrs. Jones and Becky Letort in Recreations. Thank you for your patience and willingness to help.

Our next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Jefferson Playground, Golden Age Center. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and we will promptly start our meeting at 7 PM. We will proudly host State Representative Cameron Henry as our guest speaker. He will be giving us the updates on the congressional session and the special session. We thank anyone in advance for donating a dessert for the table and we will most graciously accept all.

Please mark your calendars for a special event coming up in April. The Event we are looking forward to is our Spring Fling Event, Saturday, April 1, 2017. The event will begin at 11 AM and end at 1 PM . Our event location is the Jefferson Playground Gym. The band Rock’n’Soul will be playing for our entertainment, we will have games for our children, food, drinks and fellowship with our neighbors.

Also please mark your calendar for our May general membership meeting, May 9, 2017 at 7 PM also at Jefferson Playground in the Golden Age Center. Our guest speaker will be Jefferson Parish Director of Drainage Mitch Theriot. He will present to us the updates to drainage in Jefferson Parish and highlight our area.

The Northside of Newman Ave, Dodge Ave, Jefferson Heights Ave, Orleans Ave, and streets in between have been fighting for the new zoning of properties for the last 3 years. This battle began when a developer was allowed to divide a plot of land into 15 small lots which we feel is not conducive to our neighborhood norm. We are happy to announce that on February 22, 2017 the Jefferson Parish council voted to change certain areas in the study to R1 – B. This will help in our fight to keep developers from chopping large lots into 50′ plots. We have been very fortunate to win this battle but we all must continue to support our neighborhood civic association. Our civic association’s strength will only come from a large number of the members whom participate. The larger our membership is, the louder our voices will carry.

Please remember to invite all of your neighbors to join the Suburban Terrace Civic Association. We have many issues to address in our neighborhood to preserve our quality of life that we enjoy everyday. Oschner’s expansion is knocking at our door and many developers are looking at our area to expand. We must all strive to maintain our beautiful community. I look forward to servicing our neighborhood with your help and guidance.

With Gratitude,

Lisa G. Loup
President
Suburban Civic Association

President’s Report November / December 2016

For everyone who helped to make our “Annual Night Out Against Crime Party”, a big success, many thanks. For those of you who attended, the music, food and friends were fantastic. For those of you who missed it, you missed a great time. I would like to thank the Band, Soulful Rock, for giving us some great sound and getting people to dance. I believe everyone had a fantastic time.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 8, 2016, for 7:00 pm, in the Golden Age Center, at Jefferson Playground. Paul Johnston will be our guest speaker along with several Department heads from Jefferson Parish. The topic of discussion will be the process, progress, problems, and hopefully, solutions associated with the Newman avenue Project

We will also have nominations for Officers at this meeting. All offices are up for election including President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Any one wishing to run for these offices should have someone to nominate and another to second their nomination. They must also be present to accept the nomination. If more than one person is nominated for any one office, an election will be held at our January 14, 2017 meeting. All elected officers will be instated into office that night.

The Officers and Advisory Board Members would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Again, our next membership meeting will be Tuesday, November 8th, for 7:00m, in the Jefferson Playground gymnasium on the 2nd floor. I hope to see all of you there.

President’s Report July / August 2016

Our July 12th meeting will be a Hurricane Preparedness Meeting. May 30th marked the beginning of Hurricane
Season. Its time to start preparing. Start making up your to do lists. Be prepared to secure your homes with
either shutters or plywood, which should be at least 5/8ths. of an inch thick, metal shutters should be at least 22ga. metal. Be sure to pick up and secure lawn equipment and patio furniture. Make sure to put your important papers such as insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, important pictures, car titles and other valuables in a safe, water proof container. Make plans on how to keep in touch with family members. Plan where you might evacuate. Have non perishable food, water, and medication for at least two weeks. As for water, have at least one gallon per person per day. Plan for what to do to secure frozen food. Electricity will probably be off so a good idea, should you not have a generator, is to pack all of your frozen or refrigerated food into garbage bags and put them back in the freezer or refrigerator . This will save a messy, stinky clean up when you return. If you have a generator, be sure to have extra gas, oil and spark plugs in case your electricity is off for a prolonged period of time. You will also need extra gas for your car. You will need batteries for flash lights, radios, and portable TVs. Should you stay, please realize you will be on your own. Police, ambulances and fire rescue will be unavailable during and immediately after the storm. Hospitals, gas stations, and stores will be closed. Please if you are going to stay, be PREPARED!!!

Check on your elderly neighbors and relatives and make sure they are safe and have means to evacuate.
Should you decide to evacuate, follow contra flow procedures. Stay informed by watching television or listening to
the radio to see when contraflow will begin. Get out early to avoid traffic problems. Make plans as to where you will go ,make reservations before you leave. Bring snacks and drinks with you, you may be on the road for hours. Check for broken or falling limbs in trees for these could become dangerous projectiles in hurricane force winds. Have a well prepared first aid kit available. Fill all propane tanks especially if you have an electric stove, at least you will be able to prepare meals on a portable burner or bar-b-que pit.

When the storm is over, look out for and stay away from fallen power lines as they may still be energized especially if they are in water or in trees for they may energize the whole tree. Notify either Entergy, police, or Jefferson Parish if possible. Do not drive on flooded streets as you may push flood waters into someone’s home or business. If possible, get in touch with family and friends to let them know how you are doing or if they will be able to return home.

You could encounter wild or injured animals, please stay clear as they could be dangerous. Make sure all of
your shots, including tetanus are up to date. Remember, you will probably be under a curfew so stay as close to
home as possible.

It is also a good time to remind everyone to keep the drains and curbs clean and free of leaves and debris this
time of year. Not only for hurricanes but this is the time of year we get heavy rains and flash floods. Keeping the
drains free of debris could keep you or your neighbors homes from flooding so lets work together to keep our neighborhood clean of leaves and debris.

Remember our next meeting is Tuesday July 12th at 7:00pm, in the Golden Age Center at Jefferson Playground.

Thank you,
Kennith J. Lassalle
President
Suburban Terrace Civic Association
suburbanterracecivicassoc@cox.net

President’s Report May / June 2016

The Officers and Advisory Board Members would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day. May your families show you as much love as given them. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 10th, at the Golden Age Center in Jefferson Playground, at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Mike Yenni, Jefferson Parish President. He will be doing a Powerpoint presentation with updates on what is going on around the parish and what is planned for the future. We will also have Deputy Dupri who is the community liaison to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He will talk about crime prevention in our neighborhood.

On Saturday, May 14th. The STCA will present our “First Annual Spring Fling” in the gym at Jefferson Playground. It will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Hot dogs and chili, nachos and cheese, and other snacks, refreshments, and desserts will also be provided. There will be music, games for the kids, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle, all at no
charge to our members. So come out and meet your neighbors and make new friends, eat, play, and have a great time. Bring your neighbors, we will also be signing up new members. Should you want to donate a door prize, prize for the kids, or bring a dessert, we would appreciate the contribution.

May 30th is the beginning of Hurricane Season. It’s time to start preparing. Start making up your to do lists. Be prepared to secure your homes with either shutters or plywood, which should be at least 5/8ths. of an inch thick, metal shutters should be at least 22ga. metal. Be sure to pick up and secure lawn equipment and patio furniture.
Make sure to put your important papers such as insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, important pictures, car titles and other valuables in a safe, waterproof container. Make plans on how to keep in touch with family members. Plan where you might evacuate. Have food, water, and medication for at least two weeks. As for water, have at least one gallon per person per day. Plan to secure frozen food. Electricity will probably be off so a good idea, should you not have a generator, is to pack all of your frozen or refrigerated food into garbage bags and put them back in the freezer or refrigerator food. This will save a messy, stinky clean up when you return. If
you have a generator, be sure to have extra gas, oil and spark plugs in case your electricity is off for a prolonged period of time. You will also need extra gas for your car. You will need batteries for flash lights, radios, and portable TVs. Should you stay, please realize you will be on your own. Police, ambulances and fire rescue will be unavailable during and immediately after the storm. Hospitals, gas stations, and stores will be closed. Please if you are going to stay, be PREPARED!!! Check on your elderly neighbors and relatives and make sure they are safe and have means to evacuate. Our July 12th meeting will be a Hurricane Preparedness Meeting.

It is also a good time to remind everyone to keep the drains and curbs clean and free of leaves and debris this time of year. Not only for hurricanes but this is the time of year we get heavy rains and flash floods. Keeping the drains free of debris could keep you or your neighbors homes from flooding so let’s work together to keep our neighborhood clean of leaves and debris.

Don’t forget our meeting on Tuesday and the Spring Fling on Saturday, May 14th. I hope to see all of you there.

President’s Report March – April 2016

Spring time has come and so has the rain. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to take the time to
clean the leaves and debris from the streets and drains on your streets. Although the Parish will come out to clean
plugged drains, catch basins and pipes, they will not clean the drain opening. That is up to the resident or business owners. So if you don’t want your property or homes to flood, please do your part and clean your drains. You will be doing yourself and your neighbors a great service. If everyone would keep their area clean we would have less incidents of flood damage and if we do it consistently, it could lead to a deduction in our flood insurance premiums.

Your flood insurance is prorated by the number of flood damage properties in your area.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 15,2016, for 7:00 pm , in the Golden Age Center, at Jefferson Playground
(4100 South Drive). Our scheduled Speakers will be Brook Burmaster, Jefferson Parishes Director of Horticulture,
who will be speaking to us on the beautification of Jefferson Highway. We will also have the liaison to the
Jefferson parish Sheriff’s Office to speak to us on Crime in our area and crime prevention. We will also discuss
changing our schedule of social events from three events to two larger events since some of our events were poorly
attended in the past few years.

At our May 10th meeting, we have our new Parish President coming to speak with us on projects scheduled for
our area, things happening across the Parish, and what he may see for the future of our Parish. Our July 12 th.
Meeting will be our Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting. All of our meeting feature refreshments and a 50/50
Raffle.

I would also encourage everyone to check out our new web site at http://suburbanterracec.org. There are areas to report code violation, drainage problems, high grass or problems with streets, drainage, water leaks, or sewage problems. You can also read the latest newsletter, get updates, and even find membership forms to become a member of our Association. You can even pay your membership fee via Paypal. This will give you the opportunity to pay with a credit or debit card without revealing your account numbers to any of us. Check out our site and let us know what you think.

I’d like to remind everyone that we are still in our membership drive. Our Association has accomplished many
things for our area in the last few years. Among them street, drainage, and sewer improvements. We have worked
vigorously to keep businesses from encroaching , fight against over building, having our area rezoned to R-1A, Single Family Residence, and improving property values and quality of life among other things. We also so sponsor
family friendly event such as our “Annual Night Out Against Crime Party”. The membership fee is very affordable
at $10.00 per person or $20.00 per household. We do six newsletters a year plus email updates and as stated before
have a brand new website that offers quite a few advantages. I hope you consider renewing your membership or
asking your neighbors to consider joining. Invite them to our meeting and let them see for themselves what we are
about. According to Jefferson Parish, we are one of the largest and most active associations in the Parish and the
larger our membership gets gives us a very big voice in what happens in our area. Remember, the squeaky wheel
gets the grease.

With that I will again remind you of our next meeting on Tuesday, March 15th, at 7:00 pm, in the Golden Age
Center At Jefferson Playground.
Thank you,
Kennith Lassalle
President, Suburban Terrace Civic Association
suburbanterracecivicassociation@cox.net

November – December 2015

I apologize for the lack of communication during the past couple of months. During the storm at the end of April, an electrical surge destroyed my computer and external hard drive which contained all of the information from the association. It has taken a while to somewhat rebuild this information and some may be lost forever. This is why we ask you to fill out new information sheets each year. We also decided to cancel the Membership Appreciation Dinner because the storm also destroyed my parents’ home in Harahan and they were forced to move into my home. I also had some personal health issues which needed to be addressed, which left no one to prepare the dinner with such short notice.
Our meeting on Tuesday, July 14th, at the Golden Age Center in Jefferson Playground for 7:00pm, will be our annual Hurricane Preparation Meeting. The Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Personnel will be on hand to give us any new information we may need to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. We will also have State Representative Cameron Henry, Councilman Paul Johnston, and Fred Trowbridge from Senator Steve Scalise’s office to offer any further information. Also in addition to our regular 50/50 raffle, we will have two weather radios to give for door prizes.

To help you prepare here is a list of things you should do if a storm approaches our area: You should use only hurricane proof shutters or panels, or at least 5/8” thick plywood to cover windows and glass doors. Taping you windows is no protection against a storm. Pick up anything that could fly around in the wind including your garbage cans. You need to secure items that can be blown around and damage you or your neighbor’s property. Make sure you tie down your patio furniture, garbage cans, toys, bicycles, lawn mowers, or anything you cannot put indoors. If you have a swimming pool you can throw patio furniture or anything that will not float. Now is a good time to check your trees for lose or broken branches. Remove them to prevent more damage. Clean any catch basins or street drains of debris such as leaves and trash. Also clean any debris from the curbs in front of your home. This could help prevent water damage from flooding. Please do not blow grass and leaves into catch basins, drains or into the streets. This is not only illegal but, prevents the flow of water to the pump stations, which now will be manned throughout a hurricane event. Should you see someone blowing grass and leaves into the streets or drains, please report them to the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 736-6440, or email to JPEnvironmental@jeffparish.net. They can be fined up to $500.00 for a first offense.
Please check any elderly or infirmed family, neighbor, or friends and be sure they are in a safe place or have the means to be evacuated to a safe place to ride out the storm. The parish will also evacuate from the Yenni Building to an evacuation shelter.

Be sure to have enough of your prescription medicine to hold you for at least two weeks. You will need at least one gallon of water per person per day and enough to least for two weeks. Don’t forget to fill your bath tub with water. Should the water be shut off, you will need it to flush toilets and wash. Be prepared with flash lights, portable televisions, battery powered radios, and plenty of extra batteries. You could be without electricity for a week or more. Have nonperishable food to last two weeks or more. Get a list of phone numbers of family, friends, and neighbors. Remember, should you decide to stay, there will be no emergency assistance till the storm threat is over. Do not go near downed power lines. Call Entergy and let them know as soon as possible. Be safe at all costs.

Your car should be filled with gas and, if possible, extra gas on hand for generators and your car, because more than likely, there will be no electricity and gas pumps will not be oeprational. Should you have a generator, do not place it under a carport, porch, or patio; carbon monoxide fumes will build up in your home and could kill you. Keep generator at least ten feet from doors and windows. Do not connect generator to your electrical panel unless you have the proper equipment because you could be sending electricity back through utility lines and could kill or severely injure the person or persons working to restore power. Stay away from downed power lines.
I hope to see all of you at our Membership Meeting on Tuesday, July 14th.

Thank you,
Kennith Lassalle
President
Suburban Terrace Civic Association
suburbanterracecivicassoc@cox.net