STCA Meeting Notes September 12, 2017

Meeting called to order at 7pm

Pledge Allegiance to the flag

Observed Minute of Silence for our troops and those devastated by recent hurricanes 



Sheriff Lopinto, our new Interim Sheriff for Jefferson Parish, introduced himself.

  • Locally raised-married-six year old twins. 
  • Attended Brother Martin-Police Academy-Law School
  • Lopinto Law Firm. As a lawyer he represented police officers
  • Legislator in LA-Chief Deputy
  • Newell Norman called him back to replace him-Newell got an opportunity with WWL

Crime has never been better- lowest since 1974


Joshua Wingrove from Jefferson Parish spoke on crime statistics

Very good at this time-crime is down

Residents asked about the massage parlors and homeless under the Causeway Bridge. Both were addressed. 

Lts. Cartier & Taranto are our Human Relations Officers

Citizens Academy is September 28, 2017 from 6-8pm.  All are invited to attend.


Corinne Villavasso spoke about Ride Sharing with

This is a ride sharing program regulated by the Planning Commission of the Louisiana Department of Transportation- Metro New Orleans GreenRide. It is regulated by the Federal Government.

Ride sharing reduces the number of cars on the highway and provides a transportation alternative for the 16-20% of households who are without cars. It is also linked to employee benefits, tax incentives, and company cost savings

Learn more about how it works with this tutorial

Sign up, find other riders in your zip code, estimate your savings costs, and more at


Tyler Dugas-Jefferson Parish Dept of Sewerage

We have an aging sewerage system

How it works: from your home-gravity line to sewer lift station-treatment plant-to Mississippi River

Do not use flushable wipes they clog pumps and waste taxpayer dollars to repair

Jefferson Parish has 4 treatment plants-Bridge City-Harvey-Clearview-Marrero


Francisco Miramontes-World Kuk Sool Won

Self defense instructor and 3rd degree black belt who shared some self defense tips and gave a demonstration.

  • RUN IF YOU CAN GET AWAY- your best defense is your legs

Demonstrated self defense moves using Blaise Leblanc


Minutes tabled

Spring Fling discussed

Night Out Against Crime  October 17, 2017

Trees are coming to the neutral ground on Jefferson Highway this winter!

Councilman Paul Johnson donated $50K to plant trees and Jefferson Parish donated $50K.

Additionally our STCA Welcome to the Neighborhood signs were donated and installed by Paul Johnson’s team. Thank you to our Councilman!



River Road may be an assisted living being built?

Lisa spoke about possible reforestation of our area

Requested anyone who had history of our neighborhood to please share


Neighbors Comments & Concerns

Jefferson Parish lift station-smelly

Train noise

Planting certain trees between the sidewalk and the street they become Parish property so check before you plant

Pit bulls on Central Ave-there will be no signs

Newman by Magnolia School new park the Parish cannot put no parking signs on that one spot they would have to put them from River Road to the middle of the block

Call police to report cars blocking driveways

50/50 raffle draw

Meeting Adjourned 8:45


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


Suburban Terrace Civic Association


July 11, 2017 STCA Membership Meeting Notes

Meeting called to order at 7pm by the President Lisa Loup

Role call by Kim Catalano the Secretary

Speaker: Robert Green from Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Center
Their job is to assist in maintaining a quality of life.
Monitor Weather-Send alerts for hazardous weather
Evacuation Plan in effect 120 hours prior to a hurricane
Public assistance evacuation in effect 54 hours prior to a hurricane
12 hours before a storm the airport will be closed
Parish President calls a mandatory evacuation the Yenni building on the Eastbank/Alario Center on the Westbank will be where citizens will be taken for shelter.
If you evacuate to a shelter bring snacks, water, medications, toiletries & money
If you are given the option to get on an airplane please bring your identification. You can bring one suitcase 30” x 16”, pets must be in a kennel and held on your lap.
Special needs person-can have one caretaker with them to evacuate
Special needs can register or call

Topic: Hurricane Preparedness
Basic Supplies:
Water Flashlights Garbage bags Pet Food
Food Whistle Batteries Medications
Hand radio Dust masks Tools Eyeglasses
Medical Supplies:Oxygen, hearing aids, etc
Emergency Documents:Family records, medical records, wills, deeds, succession, bank, credit card, tax

Emergency Preparedness Plan
Plan alternative procedures if you have to evacuate
Write it down
Share Plan with Family & Friends
Create Personal Support Network
Develop a Family Communications Plan
Plan for evacuation or staying
Consider elderly, chielden, pets in plan
Plan for fire safety

Stay informed-Sign up for JP Alert
Or 504-349-5360

Speaker: Jack Strain & Jackie from Home Depot Elmwood
Topic: Being Prepared

Be prepared-know where your going and inform family members
Photograph or video your home inside and out
Emergency hurricane kit at front door-RX, water, batteries, can food, manual can opener, propane tank, ice chest, rain gear, clothes toiletries
After the storm coordinate with neighbors and help each other and elderly
Stay away from hanging limbs and power lines
Put important items in the attic in water tight containers to preserve

Speaker: Timothy Myers from Lightning Services Inc
Topic: Generator Safety

Portable gas operated generator should be 10 to 15 feet from the house while operating.
Carbon monoxide is odorless and fatal
Do not add gasoline while the generator is hot it could be combustible
When hooking up a gas generator to your home you have to be careful not to send power back up the electric line or you could fatally harm a worker
Manual transfer switch can be installed for safety
Gas generator need maintenance and to be run monthly
For an installed natural gas operated generator you can contact Lightning Services Inc

October 17th is Night Out Against Crime STCA will host a night out for the neighbors.

STCA signs are in the works paid for by Councilman Johnston
Trees and beautification for Jefferson Highway is funded and plans are ready waiting on the weather to begin.
SPCA has an over abundance of animals that need adopting. Please spay and neuter your pets or strays you feed.
Utility boxes for beautification is a project in the works-more information to come.

Artwork on David Dr was discussed it is donated by Henry Shane. STCA was asking if we can get artwork for Jefferson Highway? River Road? Airline Highway? Clearview Parkway?

Airplane traffic is growing, the planes seem to be flying lower and the noise level is obnoxious. There is a petition that residents can sign to address this annoyance. Please look on the website for more information.

Residents are concerned about the Magnolia Park on Newman due to parking issues.
Bus traffic-speeding-Contact Lynn Alleo-JP Bus Transportation
Traffic speeding in the neighborhood-call police for radar
Jefferson Park residents feel like tracks are noisier and whistles are blowing all the time

Meeting adjourned at 8:30

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


Suburban Terrace Civic Association

May 9, 2017 STCA Membership Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order by Lisa Loup the President.

The secretary Kim Catalano called role for all the officers and board members.

Lisa called for a motion to change the order of the meeting so Mitch Theriot with the Jefferson Parish Drainage Department could speak-the motion was accepted and seconded.

Speaker was Mitch Theriot with the Jefferson Parish Drainage Department & Ben Levine

Highlights from his speech

287 Employees very diverse employment

69 Pump Stations

Manned daily-after house-during rain events

Katrina hit no safe houses so evacuations were needed

Safe house in place now

Remote operations SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition)

Jeff Parish has an aging infrastructure

40 year old pump engines

Drainage pipes are corroded & deteriorated

More neighborhood pumps

Why Streets Flood?

Lower elevation

More intense short duration rain falls

Pumping capacity 1” for the 1st hour ½” for every hour there after

Projects in our area

Harahan pump to the river

Clearview Pump Station complete 2017

Upgrades to St Petes Ditch from Bloomfield to Earhart retention ponds

Drainage Dept # 504-736-6753

It was asked by local residents to check on drains and water standing on Jefferson Park East and Jefferson Park West


There was more talk about the Magnolia subdivision with no lighting, sand in the streets, fencing around neighborhood and drainage issues with water standing in the streets after a heavy rain.


Carol & Nancy the past and present Presidents of 50 Plus Programs spoke and handed out information to invite new members to join.


Gina a resident stood up to discuss the commercial airplanes flying over our neighborhood.

She had a noise control agent come in to assess the noise levels in our area.  The commercial airplanes are suppose to fly between 3000 to 5000 feet but are flying much lower in our neighborhood.


New signage discussed for the STCA and remove old signs


Playground security was discussed at Jefferson Playground cars parked and our cars late.

Also the playground at Jefferson Highway and Jefferson Park


Dog attacks was another issue discussed possible loose pit bull on Central Ave-Lisa suggested using a taser to deter the dog if you have an issue.


Meeting was adjourned approximately 8:40

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
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
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.

Vanilla Crescents

Incredibly, these light, crispy and fragrant crescent cookies require only five ingredients to make.vanillacrescents


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350° and position one rack in the upper third and one in the lower third. Line 2 large
baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar until pale white, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour and salt and beat at low speed just until combined. On a lightly floured surface, roll level tablespoons of the dough into 3-inch ropes. Taper the ends slightly and form the ropes into crescents. Carefully transfer the crescents to the baking sheets, about 1/2 inch apart.

Bake the crescents for 22 to 24 minutes, until the bottoms are golden and the tops are pale blond; shift the
baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through for even baking. Transfer the baking
sheets to racks and let the cookies cool for 10 minutes. Fill a small bowl with confectioners’ sugar. While the cookies are still warm, coat them in the sugar and transfer to a clean sheet of parchment paper to cool slightly. Roll the cooled cookies in the sugar again and let cool completely.

The crescent cookies can be stored in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper for up to 1 week.
Dust the cookies very lightly with confectioners’ sugar before serving.