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

March – April 2015

I hope everyone had a fun filled Mardi Gras and we would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter. We have had a very active time in our neighborhood since our last newsletter. I have had many emails and calls about people having items such as lawn equipment, lawn ornaments, to car burglaries. I have asked the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to send someone to speak with us on this subject and how to guard against it. We also have some suspicious characters going up to people’s doors asking for money to fix their cars. Please be sure to report these incidents to the Sheriff’s Department. Some of our neighbors took pictures of the car and license plate and sent to me which in turn sent to the police. Any time a suspicious person shows up, please call 911.
March 4th is the date for our appeal on the Newman re-subdivision. Jackie Maloney, Nancy Lewis, Lisa Loop, and many more have been working on this project. I would like to thank them for all their hard work and we will give you an update at our meeting on Tuesday, March 10th. At this meeting we will also have State Senator Conrad Appel. He will be talking to us about the upcoming Legislative Session. This should be very informative considering the upcoming budget cuts and proposals.
Councilman Paul Johnston will also be present to answer any questions you may have about what’s going on in the Parish.
We will have our Membership Appreciation Dinner at our May 12th Meeting. Our menu will consist of spaghetti casserole, corn, Italian salad, French bread, soft drinks and a variety of desserts. If you would like to help out with the set up, serving or clean up, please contact Jeanie Knesel at 739-9802 or email at hknesel@att.net. If you would like to help by bringing a dessert or door prize , we would be most grateful. We will be setting up the night before, Monday, May 9th at 7:00pm, in the Golden Age Center at Jefferson Playground. We will give certificates for service hours to anyone who helps out. Come out and meet your neighbors and make new friends. There will be music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and fun for all.
We are in the middle of our Membership Drive. If you have not paid your membership fee, it is $10.00 per person or $20.00 per household. We are also offering business card size ads in the newsletter for only $25.00 per year. I think it is a great value for six newsletters per year, Membership Appreciation Dinner, Night Out Against Crime Party, and Christmas Dinner/ Party., not to mention email updates on things happening in the Parish and our neighborhood.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 10th. at 7:00pm, in the golden Age Center, at Jefferson Playground. This will be a very informative meeting. I hope you can attend and invite your neighbors.

Thank you,
Kennith J. Lassalle
President
suburbanterracecivicassoc@cox.net

November – December 2014

The Officers and Advisory Board Members would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
I would like to remind everyone that our November meeting will be Tuesday, November 18th., a week late because Veteran’s Day falls on our regular meeting day. The meeting will begin, at 7:00pm, in the Golden Age Center at Jefferson Playground. Our guest speaker will be State Representative, Cameron Henry. We will also be nominating Officers for the Association’s election at our January 6, 2015 meeting. Anyone wishing to run for office may have someone nominate them . Offices open for election will be President, 1st Vice president, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary. We are also looking for people who are interested in becoming members of the STCA Advisory Board. Anyone interested should contact me at suburbanterracecivicassoc@cox.net, or by phone at 837-3235.

The Annual Suburban Terrace Civic Association Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 6th. beginning at 6:00pm until 9:00pm. The menu will include fried turkey, jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, peas, sweet potato casserole, ham, salad, dinner rolls, soft drinks, and numerous desserts. If you would like to contribute a dish, please bring a dessert. We will also be accepting door prizes should you feel so inclined to donate. Anyone wishing to help set up, we will be meeting Friday, December 5th. at 7:00pm in the Golden Age Center to decorate, or you may help clean up and pick up after the party Saturday night. We are still looking for a Santa, anyone who may wish to help out, we have a costume, we just need someone to fill it, If you are interested or know someone, please contact me. We will again have door prizes, Christmas music, (hopefully) Santa and stockings for the kids, and fun for all. I hope to see all of you there.

Our Annual Night Out for Crime was again a great success. We had several hundred people attend. I would like to thank everyone who helped set up and clean up, cook, serve, donate door prizes, bring desserts, ice and food. I think everyone had a great time and met their neighbors and new friends.
I was a little disappointed with our drain cleaning project. We only had ten people show up. The people who did help did a great job, but we could have done much more. Its a shame that few people thought enough of their neighborhood to expect so few people to help prevent flooding here. People complain every time we have a heavy rain about street flooding and they won’t even take the time to help prevent flooding. We will have another drain cleaning event next Spring and I hope more people take an interest or I don’t feel it would be fair to ask the same people to clean drains for people who are too lazy or have no interest in helping themselves.
Please remember or next meeting is Tuesday, November 18th. And the Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 6th. Please come and enjoy yourself with friends, neighbors, and family. We look forward to seeing all of you there. Thank you,
Kennith J. Lassalle
President suburbanterracecivicassoc@cox.net