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