President’s Report

Presidents Report May 2021

There is still time to renew or join your neighborhood association!!! Become a member today – a single membership is just $10 and a family membership is only $20. Joining is easy on our website at suburbanterrace.org, at membership meetings, or you can mail your membership payments to: STCA Membership Committee,

C/O 304 Central Ave., Jefferson, Louisiana 70121. Thank you for your continued support.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has…”

STCA has been identified as the strongest civic association in the surrounding areas. It’s not because we are an affluent neighborhood; it’s because of hard work and dedication from our board members and from a membership participation. In order for us to continue our work, we need your participation. Please renew your membership even if you are unable to attend meetings.

We have experienced tumultuous storms over the past month and an increase in total rainfall this April compared to previous months. It’s been a perfect time for us to examine our yard drainage needs and to assess the status of our roof. If you are experiencing roof leaks, this would be a good time to make those repairs before hurricane season starts on June 1, 2021. If you are able, let’s support our local businesses for our needs. The STCA will be reaching out to our local businesses to update the business membership and will identify those businesses that are supporting our neighborhood association. If you know of any local businesses that may be interested in becoming a business member, please submit the names at the membership table.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Good neighbors make a huge difference in your quality of life. “I always thought I had good neighbors. It turns out I have the best neighbors in the world.” Jim Casey

We welcome a new business in our community on Jefferson Highway and Jefferson Park Avenue., Los Olanchanos, which is across the street from Subway. The restaurant serves hot Honduran food with some Mexican dishes. The owner is warm and friendly and the food has received good reviews on the Next-Door Neighbor app. We love diversity in the neighborhood and look forward to other new businesses.

STCA has begun beautification projects in the neighborhood. Dodge Street at Jefferson Highway is the location of the first project. The neighborhood association is working with Councilman Deano Bonano and the Parkway Division to trim trees, put new signage, and a garden bed with Lighting at the entrance. A 45 gallon Live Oak tree will be planted in the 2nd Median. This project is being funded by Councilman Deano Bonano, so we want to extend our gratitude to him at the May 11, 2021 meeting. Our second project involved purchasing mulch for a garden at Jefferson Playground. We thank those individuals that are tending to this garden. We want all areas of our neighborhood to be appealing. These beautification projects are essential in attracting new families and businesses. If you have recommendations on beautification projects,

please submit this information at the membership table.

MARCH 2021 MEETING RECAP

On March 9, 2021 General Membership Meeting was held at Jefferson Playground Golden age Center (4100 South Drive). Brooke Burmaster, Director of the Streets Department, was in attendance to provide an update and address concerns regarding drainage and street projects.

We were also very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet the candidates that ran for the vacant State Representative position. This vacant position was filled by Laurie Schlegel. JPSO was also present with the neighborhood crime stats from 1st and 4th district for us and answered all concerning questions from our members.

MAY 2021 MEETING

The General Membership Meeting Will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Jefferson PlaygroundGolden Age Center (4100 South Drive). The doors open at 6:30 PM and we will start promptly at 7 PM. Prepackaged refreshments will be provided. We are very grateful to all of our members for wearing masks during the meetings. It is evident that we care for each other. We are asking members to continue to wear masks during the meeting except when eating and drinking to promote a safe environment for all members. Further guidance will be provided as restrictions continue to be lifted.

This meeting will address the “State of the Parish”. Our guest speaker will be At Large Councilman, Scott Walker and Deano Bonano, our Council District 2 Representative. We especially want to address vacant buildings in our area. One in particular is Jefferson Elementary school and Ochsner’s plan for the building. It is a challenge to minimize vacant buildings on Jefferson Highway; however, we must continue to hold public officials and business owners responsible for maintaining vacant buildings.

We will also have JPSO represented with our finest men in blue to report on crime stats and to answer questions and propose ideas on how to help keep our neighborhood safe.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The following dates have been approved for our General Membership Meetings.

July 13, 2021

September 14, 2021

October – Night Out Against Crime Event TBD

November 9, 2021

If you have a recommendation for a topic of interest for our neighborhood meetings, please let us know because we are here to meet the needs of our association. There will be a comment box available when you walk into the meeting for suggestions and/or feedback.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Fourth of July!

Stacey Spies PhD

Vice President STCA

President’s Report

January 2021

President’s Report

January 2021

JANUARY IS A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE MONTH. THERE IS STILL TIME TO RENEW OR JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION!!! BECOME A MEMBER TODAY- A SINGLE MEMBERSHIP IS JUST $10 AND A FAMILY MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY $20. JOINING IS EASY ON OUR WEBSITE suburbanterrace.org OR YOU CAN MAIL YOUR MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT TO: STCA Membership Committee, c/o 304 Central Avenue, Jefferson, LA 70121. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND TO MEETING NEW MEMBERS. “ALONE, WE CAN DO SO LITTLE; TOGETHER,WE CAN DO SO MUCH”- Helen Keller

Mardi Gras is upon us and although the parades have been cancelled, we can still celebrate in spirit. It is a good time to reflect upon the symbolism of Mardi Gras. Everyone knows the colors of Mardi Gras.  Purple represents justice. Green represents faith and gold represents power. During this Mardi Gras season, let’s all draw upon our faith for a happier and healthier new year. Historically, the colors of Mardi Gras were traced back to the first Rex parade in 1872.  Purple was chosen because it is the color of royality, gold was chosen because it is a metal fitting for a king, and green was chosen because it was an acceptable color for a coat of arms. Flags have three colors and so the flag that flew over Carnival was purple, green, and gold. According to legend, Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of colors for archrivals LSU and Tulane. 

The practice of throwing beads at Mardi Gras was inspired by Renaissance festivals prior to Lent. Revelers tossed things into the air in celebration of the coming fast.  Hopefully this Lenten season of reflection will help faciliatate healing, kindness, and understanding toward others in our community.  I am looking forward to the wonders and beauty of Spring but appreciate this time of reflection. As our community continues to grow and change, I look forward to another year of working with everyone. 

Neighborhood News

JPSO continues to give us encouraging news about our low crime rates in Old Jefferson. Please keep up the great work we do by reporting any suspicious activities and/or suspicious persons. State Representative Charles Henry resigned. There will be an election on March 20, 2021 to fill this vacancy. There are also two important millage renewals for water and sewerage: Consolidated Waterworks District No. 2 and Consolidated Sewerage District No. 1

Accomplishments by STCA in 2020:

  1. Continued with our safe streets initiative to address speeding.
  2. Hosted a successful night out against crime event.
  3. Identified areas of concern in our neighborhood and presented these concerns to our new Councilman.
  4. Have assisted JPSO in reducing crime in our area by promoting awareness and encouraging residents to report any suspicious activities/persons.
  5. Worked with code enforcement to reduce business and residential violations.
  6. Continuing efforts to maintain zoning restrictions are ongoing. We worked in collaboartion with Councilman Deano Bonano regarding rezoning a piece of property in the neighborhood. 
  7. Have encouraged and supported Jefferson Parish for maintaining the trees on Jefferson Highway and have established a committee to spearhead beautification projects within our neighborhood.
  8. Continue to assist and support the individual needs of our association members with regards to neighborhood nusiances.
  9. Added new board members to keep a fresh perspective of our neighborhood needs

November 2019 Meeting Recap

Drainage Director Mitch Theriot spoke about upgrades to the canals and pump stations. The phase I Central Ave Project was completed. The Parish has plans to update waterlines and drainage for the rest of Central Ave. 

There was also discussion about the proposed Mesa development on Cross and St. George. Through negotiations, the project was coverted from a multifamily complex to six houses thanks to Councilman Deano Bonano!

As usual, JPSO was present to discuss neighborhood incidents. Reports indicated juveniles attempting to break into cars and a car jacking in Audobon Trace on Halloween. 

We had a wonderful turkey raffle. A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU to Kim Catalano Realestate, for Donating 10 Turkeys for the giveaway. She brightened up your Thanksgiving and remind us all that this was the season to give from the heart.

January 2020 Meeting

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Jefferson Parish, this meeting was cancelled to help promote the safety of our members. The STCA board continues to meet to plan for 2021. We are looking at a “plant a tree” campaign to beautify the neighborhood and to assist with drainage as the trees mature. We are also identifying other beautification projects that will add lighting and freshen-up entrance points. If you have a recommendation for an area that needs some maintenance/beautification, please send me the information.

Upcoming Events

The following dates have been approved for our General Membership Meetings.

March 9, 2021

May 11, 2021

July 13, 2021

September 14, 2021

October-Night Out Against Crime TBD

November 9, 2021

On March 9, 2021, we have Brook Burmaster Director of the Streets Department scheduled to provide an update and address concerns. We will have 2 candidates speaking for the State Representative seat: Edwin “Eddie” Connick and Laurie Schlegel. We will also reach out to see if there are other candidates for the vacant State Representative position and offer them an opportunity to speak at our meeting. 

If you have a topic that you would like addressed in the future, please let me know. This is your association and we are here to help provide the information you would like to hear about. We will keep you posted regarding the status of having in-person meetings. Safety of our membership is priority. 

Happy Mardi Gras and a Blessed Lenten Season!

Stacey Spies, Ph.D.

Vice President STCA

President’s Report

January 2021

President’s Report

January 2021

JANUARY IS A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE MONTH. THERE IS STILL TIME TO RENEW OR JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION!!! BECOME A MEMBER TODAY- A SINGLE MEMBERSHIP IS JUST $10 AND A FAMILY MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY $20. JOINING IS EASY ON OUR WEBSITE suburbanterrace.org OR YOU CAN MAIL YOUR MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT TO: STCA Membership Committee, c/o 304 Central Avenue, Jefferson, LA 70121. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND TO MEETING NEW MEMBERS. “ALONE, WE CAN DO SO LITTLE; TOGETHER,WE CAN DO SO MUCH”- Helen Keller

Mardi Gras is upon us and although the parades have been cancelled, we can still celebrate in spirit. It is a good time to reflect upon the symbolism of Mardi Gras. Everyone knows the colors of Mardi Gras.  Purple represents justice. Green represents faith and gold represents power. During this Mardi Gras season, let’s all draw upon our faith for a happier and healthier new year. Historically, the colors of Mardi Gras were traced back to the first Rex parade in 1872.  Purple was chosen because it is the color of royality, gold was chosen because it is a metal fitting for a king, and green was chosen because it was an acceptable color for a coat of arms. Flags have three colors and so the flag that flew over Carnival was purple, green, and gold. According to legend, Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of colors for archrivals LSU and Tulane. 

The practice of throwing beads at Mardi Gras was inspired by Renaissance festivals prior to Lent. Revelers tossed things into the air in celebration of the coming fast.  Hopefully this Lenten season of reflection will help faciliatate healing, kindness, and understanding toward others in our community.  I am looking forward to the wonders and beauty of Spring but appreciate this time of reflection. As our community continues to grow and change, I look forward to another year of working with everyone. 

Neighborhood News

JPSO continues to give us encouraging news about our low crime rates in Old Jefferson. Please keep up the great work we do by reporting any suspicious activities and/or suspicious persons. State Representative Charles Henry resigned. There will be an election on March 20, 2021 to fill this vacancy. There are also two important millage renewals for water and sewerage: Consolidated Waterworks District No. 2 and Consolidated Sewerage District No. 1

Accomplishments by STCA in 2020:

  1. Continued with our safe streets initiative to address speeding.
  2. Hosted a successful night out against crime event.
  3. Identified areas of concern in our neighborhood and presented these concerns to our new Councilman.
  4. Have assisted JPSO in reducing crime in our area by promoting awareness and encouraging residents to report any suspicious activities/persons.
  5. Worked with code enforcement to reduce business and residential violations.
  6. Continuing efforts to maintain zoning restrictions are ongoing. We worked in collaboartion with Councilman Deano Bonano regarding rezoning a piece of property in the neighborhood. 
  7. Have encouraged and supported Jefferson Parish for maintaining the trees on Jefferson Highway and have established a committee to spearhead beautification projects within our neighborhood.
  8. Continue to assist and support the individual needs of our association members with regards to neighborhood nusiances.
  9. Added new board members to keep a fresh perspective of our neighborhood needs

November 2019 Meeting Recap

Drainage Director Mitch Theriot spoke about upgrades to the canals and pump stations. The phase I Central Ave Project was completed. The Parish has plans to update waterlines and drainage for the rest of Central Ave. 

There was also discussion about the proposed Mesa development on Cross and St. George. Through negotiations, the project was coverted from a multifamily complex to six houses thanks to Councilman Deano Bonano!

As usual, JPSO was present to discuss neighborhood incidents. Reports indicated juveniles attempting to break into cars and a car jacking in Audobon Trace on Halloween. 

We had a wonderful turkey raffle. A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU to Kim Catalano Realestate, for Donating 10 Turkeys for the giveaway. She brightened up your Thanksgiving and remind us all that this was the season to give from the heart.

January 2020 Meeting

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Jefferson Parish, this meeting was cancelled to help promote the safety of our members. The STCA board continues to meet to plan for 2021. We are looking at a “plant a tree” campaign to beautify the neighborhood and to assist with drainage as the trees mature. We are also identifying other beautification projects that will add lighting and freshen-up entrance points. If you have a recommendation for an area that needs some maintenance/beautification, please send me the information.

Upcoming Events

The following dates have been approved for our General Membership Meetings.

March 9, 2021

May 11, 2021

July 13, 2021

September 14, 2021

October-Night Out Against Crime TBD

November 9, 2021

On March 9, 2021, we have Brook Burmaster Director of the Streets Department scheduled to provide an update and address concerns. We will have 2 candidates speaking for the State Representative seat: Edwin “Eddie” Connick and Laurie Schlegel. We will also reach out to see if there are other candidates for the vacant State Representative position and offer them an opportunity to speak at our meeting. 

If you have a topic that you would like addressed in the future, please let me know. This is your association and we are here to help provide the information you would like to hear about. We will keep you posted regarding the status of having in-person meetings. Safety of our membership is priority. 

Happy Mardi Gras and a Blessed Lenten Season!

Stacey Spies, Ph.D.

Vice President STCA

President’s Report September 2020

September 2020

We have all had plenty of time to reflect during the shutdown. This year has given us all obstacles to overcome and the challenges have been many. The good news is our neighborhood is strong and determined to get through this together. I have seen more neighbors out exercising and wanting to have a better home life experience. There are more gardeners now than before which is exciting for our environment. We have had front porch musicians entertaining our evenings and neighbors gathering together outdoors to enjoy each other’s company. It is always comforting to me to know this is my neighborhood. It is filled with kindness and thoughtfulness for others.

We are at the height of hurricane season and should all monitor the weather closely. We are all sending our thoughts and prayers to those negatively affected by Hurricane Laura. We have been there and know the daunting days that lie ahead. There are many ways to volunteer and donate, which knowing our neighborhood we will shine. I look forward to seeing you all at the General Membership Meetings.

Neighborhood News

The road work on Central Ave at the railroad tracks has been completed and is open. Work is now starting on Karen Ave which will improve the street and curbing. The construction will affect the homes along Karen Ave, but we know this will eventually give us a well deserved makeover and we ask for everyones patiences for this much needed improvement.

Jefferson Parish schools have opened this week and I think most of our little ones are happy to see their friends and teachers. We are all hoping for the Best for our little ones in our community. We all want to feel as if we are headed in the direction of our normal lives again.

Education During a Pandemic ( written by Dr Stacey Spies)

School systems are currently being challenged to provide educational services to all students amidst a major health concern. It is very difficult to balance staff and student safety, delivering instruction and promoting a school climate that addresses the social and emotional well-being of staff and students. School systems have been provided with guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education on developing a “Strong Start Plan” for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The Strong Start Plan for each school district may vary depending on the human and fiscal resources available to each district. Local school districts are continuously refining their plans and have faced tough critics from their employees, students’ families and community sources.

As an outsider looking in, it’s easy to say students need to be physically in school; however, as an insider looking out, the day to day operations of a school have completely changed. Schools are not only faced with some normal day to day operational concerns, but now are faced with an unsurmountable amount of uncertainty regarding what a typical day will look like. There is so much anxiety about what will happen when the bus driver, custodian, cafeteria worker, teachers, special education service providers, administrators and other faculty are absent due to the virus or quarantining. On a normal day, it’s very difficult to fill school vacancies to assist with the daily operations. At a time like this, school employees know that substitutes will be hard to secure for these vacancies. That’s why school staff are seeking clarifications on the type of PPE being provided and ensuring that procedures and processes have been established prior to students returning on campus.

The extra time that has been given to schools to help further plan has made a difference. Teachers being heard has made a difference in school and district preparations. Let’s continue to support our schools for providing for the health and safety and social and emotional well-being of students while also providing instruction during unprecedented times. Let’s practice patience and kindness toward our teachers.

I have continued questioning officials about the plight of the abandon Jefferson Elementary School. It has been brought to my attention that they are trying to find a charter school to take over this site. Nothing has been confirmed but I am hopeful this facility will not sit vacant for a long period of time. We are hoping for the best.

Construction of new homes in our neighborhood continues and we welcome all our new residence. We encourage them and all of our neighbors to plant a new tree to help reforest our neighborhood.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS.

JPSO continues to give us encouraging news about our low crime rates in Old Jefferson. Please keep up the great work we do by reporting any suspicious activities and/or suspicious persons.

March 2020 Meeting Recap

We were pleased to welcome our Councilman Elect, Deano Bonano, and our Director of Code Enforcement, Aimee Vallot, to our March 10, 2020 meeting as our guest speakers. Councilman Bonano discussed his plans to improve our area. He will fight to clean up Jefferson Highway’s blighted properties and will continue to bring awareness to this problem. He is interested in bringing in new business opportunities along Jefferson Hwy. He also shared concerns with neighbors about abandoned homes left to rot in our neighborhood. Ms Vallot explained code enforcement policies and helped to answer questions and concerns about issues in our neighborhood. Many thanks to our officials for sharing their time and knowledge with us. Involvement is the only way to bring about the changes that will improve our community. Thanks to all for being there to make our neighborhood the best it can be.

JPSO was also available with the crime Stats and to answer questions. We love our men in BLUE!!!

September 2020 Meeting

Hurricane season’s peak is September 10 and we have asked our Councilman to speak to us about preparedness during the ongoing pandemic. Councilman Bonano was head of EOC (Emergency Operation Center) before becoming our Councilman and has a vast knowledge of preparedness training. I realize we are currently facing many uncertainties. Councilman Bonano will have the answers to give us a greater sense of awareness in preparing for a storm should one head our way. We have already had 2 scares and we are all hoping we will be spared.

JPSO WILL JOIN US WITH CRIME STATS.

THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPEAKERS!

Our September 8, 2020 meeting will take place at Jefferson Playground Golden Age Center (4100 South Drive). The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm.

We appreciate any and all desserts provided by members and thank you in advance for your contributions.

Upcoming Events

October is the month in which we host our Night Out Against Crime Party. Keeping my fingers crossed that this event will take place. Please keep checking the website for updates.

November 10, 2020 is the date of our following general membership meeting and we have Mitch Theriot, Jefferson Parish Drainage Department Director, coming to speak to us about updates and plans for Drainage projects in Jefferson Parish.

If you are interested in a topic please let us know because we are here to serve and it is important we get you the information you want to know.

Prayers for all affect by H. Laura

Blessings for a Safe Labor Day

Lisa G Loup

President STCA

President’s Report

President’s Report

March 2020

THERE IS STILL TIME TO RENEW OR JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION!!!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU ALL JOINING TO SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Mardi Gras has come and gone. Spring is upon us and the azaleas are in full bloom. Taking a deep breath after a rain can clear our heads. Enjoy the beauty that spring blooms give us and know the heat is fast approaching. Lent is a time for reflection about our own individual faith, but for all should be a time for kindness and understanding towards others in our community. I have found it takes for less energy to be kind and understanding than it takes to be angry and confrontational. Social media can be a great way to get the word out fast to everyone but it can also be detrimental to others voicing their opinions. Please be consider toward your neighbors and realize that silence gets more attention than the words of anger. Change begins with you. I look forward to seeing you all at the General Membership Meetings.

Neighborhood News

Our community is growing and changing daily with new businesses, renovation of residential and new construction. In some ways it is exciting and in other ways it can be scary. Change always comes at a cost and we have to decide who will pay. Our neighborhood’s tranquility thrives on the mature trees throughout our area. I have witnesses many health mature trees removed from our neighborhood in the name of progress. We as a community must realize the importance of mature trees and express our concern for their removal. We should encourage the protection of these mature trees and encourage neighbors to replant reforestation quality trees on their properties. It take 30 to 50 years for these new trees to give us back what we have removed. Please consider the negative impact you may make on our environment by removing health mature trees and consider all alternatives before removal.

We are all very concerned about Jefferson Elementary closing. We all have questions concerning our little ones and are very hopeful for their future education. We should also be concerned about another vacant building in our neighborhood. STCA will be reaching out to the school board about their plans and hope to gain information about this issue. We are hoping for the best.

Welcome our two new businesses Highway Fried Chicken and Southern Girls Cafe. Your support is always appreciated.

JPSO continues to give us encouraging news about our low crime rates in Old Jefferson. Please keep up the great work we do by reporting any suspicious activities and/or suspicious persons.

January 2020 Meeting Recap

The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching and we were fortunate to have Ms Adele London with the Federal Government as our guest speaker to answer all of our questions on January 14, 2020. The Federal census sets the stage for many funding opportunities for Louisiana and the parish in which we reside. The census takes many forms and a couple of examples are labor census and population census. Each census taken gives our elected officials the information needed to represent all of us. Thanks so much to Ms Adele London for an excellent presentation.

WE HAVE SEVERAL RESIDENT WANTING TO VOLUNTEER THERE TIME TO HELP ANY NEIGHBORS IN NEED WITH COMPLETING THE 2020 CENSUS.

Please attend our next general membership meeting March 10, 2020 and let us know if you need help.

Thanks to JPSO for being there in full force to answer all of our members questions and to report on the area crime Stats. We are Blessed to have them partner with us to keep our community safe.

Special thanks to Cristina with the Farmers Market for sharing the fruits of the market with us. We love the samples they bring. Yummy!!!!!

We had a surprise visit from Chrissy with JP Environmental Affairs. She answered questioned about recycling and projects available for us. Thanks Chrissy for the information you provided.

March 2020 Meeting

We are pleased to welcome our Councilman Elect, Deano Bonano, and our Director of Code Enforcement, Aimee Vallot, to our March 10, 2020 meeting as our guest speakers. We are all looking forward to our Parish’s future plans and Councilman Bonano holds the key to improving our area. We are still in the fight to clean up Jefferson Highway’s blighted properties and will continue to bring awareness to this problem. It is important for you all to attend to show support for our neighborhood’s fight to make our neighborhood the best it can be. If you have any issues to discuss please be prepared with the address of problem property and any photos of the problem to be discussed.

Our Farmers Market Authority, Cristina is bringing the mushroom man with samples for us to take home. I love mushrooms, Yummy.

JPSO will also be available with the crime Stats and to answer your questions.

Our March 10, 2020 meeting will take place at Jefferson Playground Golden Age Center (4100 South Drive). The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm.

We appreciate any and all desserts provided by members and thank you in advance for your contributions.

Upcoming Events

May 12, 2020 is our membership dinner with our local neighborhood restaurants. I have invited lots of public officials to join us. Keeping my fingers crossed they can work it into their calendars. Yummy, yummy! Please mark your calendars.

July 14, 2020 is the date of our following general membership meeting and we are in contact with the new administration to find out if their are any changes to hurricane preparedness we need to know about.

If you are interested in a topic please let us know because we are here to serve and it is important we get you the information you want to know.

Blessings to you in this Lenten Season, Have a Fabulous St Patrick Day and Happy Easter to All!

Lisa G Loup

President STCA

President’s Report

The President’s Report
January 2020

President’s Report 

January 2020

 

IT IS TIME TO RENEW OR JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION!!!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU ALL JOINING TO SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL. Weather wise it has been a quit drey start to the new year but I am anticipating sunny days ahead. Remember the trees are all dropping their leaves which collect in the street. Every time it rains the leaves go into the Parish drainage system impacting the flow of rain water off of our streets. PLEASE LETS ALL DO OUR PART IN KEEPING OUR DRAIN BASINS CLEAN AND A BIG THANK YOU TO SO MANY NEIGHBORS THAT KEEP THEIR PROPERTIES AND DRAIN BASINS CLEAN ALL YEAR. We have lots to look forward to this year starting with a newly elected parish government. Our neighborhood association is hopeful the transition will be seamless and these officials will hit the ground running to improve our quality of life in Jefferson Parish and mostly our own little gem, Old Jefferson. 

I thought for sure our beloved Saints would go to the Super Bowl this year but I am grateful for their winning season and can’t wait for the next football season to start. For all of the LSU fans Go TIGERS GO.  

Mardi Gras is right around the corner and there will be lots of parades to attend. Please keep a careful eye on the little ones as the floats pass by. 

We wish you all a Safe, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Looking forward to seeing you all at the General Membership Meetings.  

 

Neighborhood News

 

On November 16, 2019 we elected Deano Bonano as our new District 2 Councilman for Jefferson Parish. We congratulate him and look forward to working with him to improve our quality of life in our neighborhood. JPSO continues to give us encouraging news about our low crime rates in Old Jefferson. Please keep up the great work we do by reporting any suspicious activities and/or suspicious persons.

 

Accomplishments by STCA in 2019

 

1 We initiated our campaign to fight against speeding violations on our neighborhood streets by using signage to increase awareness of the issue.

2 Hosted a successful night out against crime event.

3 Hosted a delicious membership dinner event using all local neighborhood restaurants.

4 Continue to highlight existing and new businesses in our area.

5 Identified areas of concern in our neighborhood and presented these concerns to our new Councilman, and Parish President.

6 Have assisted JPSO in reducing crime in our area by promoting awareness and encouraging residents to report any suspicious activities/persons. 

7 Hosted the largest political campaign forum in the history of STCA.

8 Worked with code enforcement to reduce business and residential violations

9 Continuing efforts to maintain zoning restrictions are ongoing

10 Have encouraged and supported Jefferson Parish for maintaining the trees on Jefferson Highway.

11 Meeting our members needs by hosting informative general membership meetings on requested topics such as public safety, community services, health and wellness, politically awareness and many other interesting topics. 

12 Continuing a strong partnership with our neighborhood farmers market.

 

November 2019 Meeting Recap 

 

We were very fortunate to have had John Done, Fire District Chief, with Jefferson Parish Fire Department speak to us. John has 31 years of service experience and he had exceptional knowledge to share with us about FIRE SAFETY. John has been a member of Suburban Terrace Civic Association since 1992. He is very familiar with our area and the age of many of our homes. He gave us important information on how to spot problems before they become a fire issue. John also brought lots of handout gifts from Jefferson Parish Fire Department. Many thanks to John Done and Jefferson Parish Fire Department.

Deano Bonano and Micheal O’Brien also joined us for their last words before the important election on November 16. This gave us the opportunity to ask questions about important issues before we made our final decision on who to vote for. 

We had a wonderful turkey raffle. A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU to Kim Catalano Realestate, for Donating 10 Turkeys for the giveaway. She brightened up your Thanksgiving and remind us all that this was the season to give from the heart.

 

January  2020 Meeting

 

The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching and our board thought it would be a good idea to have many questions about the process answered. We have Ms Adele London with the Federal Government coming to answer all of our questions on January 14, 2020. The Federal census sets the stage for many funding opportunities for Louisiana and the parish in which we reside. The census takes many forms and a couple of examples are labor census and population census. Each census taken gives our elected officials the information needed to represent all of us. There is lots of information Ms London has to share with us to make sure we are all comfortable with Census 2020. 

 

Our January 14, 2020 meeting will take place at Jefferson Playground Room 2 above the gym (4100 South Drive). The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. We appreciate any and all desserts provided by members and thank you in advance for your contributions. 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

We have left our March 10, 2020 meeting calendar open as of right now. We need your input for topics that are important to you. We will do everything we can to accomplish your requests for information you need and/or want. We have several ideas for guest speakers but before confirming we want to involve you. This is your association and we are here to help provide the information you would like to hear about. Please put your thinking caps on and let us know how we can be of service to you. 

May 12, 2020 is our membership dinner with our local neighborhood restaurants. Yummy, yummy! Please mark your calendars. 

 

Happy Mardi Gras and a Blessed Lenten Season! 

 

Lisa G Loup

President STCA

Suburban Terrace Civic Association

President’s Report November 2019

President’s Report

November 2019

It is my favorite time of the year. The cool fronts are pushing through every few days and there is a crispness in the air. My favorite part of the holiday season is the time we get to spend with the most important people in the world, our family and friends. It is a pleasure to live in a neighborhood that has a great turn out for Halloween. My children and grandchildren come home every year to trick or treat in the neighborhood. It is exciting every time the doorbell rings and there are so many littles one bursting in harmony. “ Trick or Treat” they shout. Thanks to all the wonderful, kind neighbors for making our Halloween so welcoming to all. Thanksgiving is only several weeks away with Christmas hot on its heels and before you know it we will be ringing in the New Year. Things will get quit hectic so please remember to take some deep breathes and slow down. If some things don’t get finished it won’t be the end of the world. Many Blessings to all of our neighbors.

Neighborhood News

On November 16, 2019 we will have more decisions to make which will affect our neighborhood and Jefferson Parish. We will elect our new Councilman for ( District 2), our Governor and other races are to be decided. Please take the time to vote.

Night Out Against Crime was a Great success. We served over 250 Hotdogs and Chile. Everyone loved the snowball cart and our band was great. We appreciated all the members of JPSO for coming out. There strong presence represents the incredible support they give to us everyday. It was great fun to have Sheriff Lopinto with us and we appreciated the time he spend visiting with our members. JPSO continues to give us encouraging news about our low crime rates in Old Jefferson. Please keep up the great work we do by reporting any suspicious activities and/or suspicious persons.

September 2019 Meeting Recap

Our guest speakers for the September 10, 2019 meeting were the Candidates for Parish President: Lee Bonnecarrere, Cynthia Lee Shang, and John Young, the candidates for Sheriff: Anthony Bloise, John Fortunato, and Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, Councilman-at-large Division B: Paul Johnston and Scott Walker, Councilman District 2: Melinda Doucet, Micheal O’Brien, and Deano Bonano, State Senator 9th District: J. Cameron Henry and Jon Frankie Hyers, State Representative 82nd District: Charles A Henry and Trey Mustian, Associate Justice Supreme Court, 1st District: Richard Ducote, Hans Liljeberg, and Scott Schlegel. Each candidate had 5 uninterrupted minutes to speak about their history, qualifications, and their platform for their candidacy. We were extremely fortunate for so many candidates to accept our invitation and attend our forum. STCA would like to thank all of the candidates for taking the time to meet with us.

November 2019 Meeting

It is time for FIRE SAFETY. We are fortunate to have John Done, Fire District Chief, with Jefferson Parish Fire Department speak to us. John has 31 years of service experience and we commend him for everyday of his service. John has been a member of Suburban Terrace Civic Association since 1992. He is very familiar with our area and the age of many of our homes. He will give us important information on how to spot problems hopefully before they become a fire issue. We have had several fires in our area over the past couple of years and we need to all be aware of potential dangers.

Deano Bonano and Micheal O’Brien will also join us for their last words before this important election on November 16. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions about important issues.

We are having a turkey raffle. In the spirit of giving, Kim Catalano Realestate, has Donated 10 Turkeys for the giveaway. She hopes this will brighten up your Thanksgiving and remind us all that this is the season to give from the heart.

Our November 12, 2019 meeting will take place at Jefferson Playground Room 2 above the gym (4100 South Drive). The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. We appreciate any and all desserts provided by members and thank you in advance for your contributions.

Upcoming Events

January is our annual membership renewal time. If you are an existing member renewing we are honored for your continued support and ask for you to Please encourage all of your neighbors to join. If you would like to join as a new member we welcome you aboard.

The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching and Our board thought it would be a good idea to have many questions about the process answered. We have Ms Adele London with the Federal Government coming to answer all of our questions on January 14, 2020.

Wishing you all a Safe and Blessed Holiday Season!

Lisa G Loup

President STCA

President’s Report September 2019

September 2019

We are patiently waiting for a breathe of fresh cool air when the first cold front arrives bringing fall with it. Working outdoors this week in the 105 heat index weather, fall can not come soon enough; so I must admit I am losing my patiences. Our little ones are back to school and everyone is settling back into a consistent work pattern. We hope you all enjoyed many wonderful vacation days this summer. We have plenty of family fun holidays in our future starting with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and to wrap up this year with the start of the New Year. Please be mindful and always have a designated driver, maintain following the speed limit, and when we over indulge we normally make fools out of ourselves.

Neighborhood News

On October 12, 2019 we will have some decisions to make which will affect our neighborhood and Jefferson Parish for years to come. Campaign signs are popping up on our neighbor’s lawns and at businesses. We will elect our new Councilman for our area ( District 2), Councilman at Large, Parish President, House of Representative, Senate, and more. We all need to become familiar with our candidates and their perspectives for the future. JPSO has been giving us encouraging news about our low crime rate in Old Jefferson. Please keep up the great work we do by reporting any suspicious activities and/or suspicious persons. 

July 2019 Recap

Our guest speakers for the July 9, 2019 meeting were for the Councilman District Seat 2.  We would like to thank Deano Bonano, Micheal O’Brien, and Sebastian Rey. Each candidate had 10 uninterrupted minutes to speak about their history, qualifications, and their platform for their candidacy. After each candidate spoke we opened the floor for our members to ask questions. Thanks to our many members for their insightful questions. 

We thank Charles Henry for speaking about his House of Representative Seat 82 candidacy. 

We had a surprise visit from Sheriff Lopinto and we always appreciate his time speaking with our members. Thanks to our Jefferson Parish Police Officers for always speaking at our meetings to give us and explain the crime Stats for our area and answer our questions. 

The qualifying for the elections took place in August and there are other candidates that qualified at that time and we have them included for our September meeting. 

September Meeting 2019

Our guest speakers for the September 10, 2019 meeting are the Candidates for Parish President: Lee Bonnecarrere, Cynthia Lee Shang, and John Young, the candidates for Sheriff: Anthony Bloise, John Fortunato, and Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, Councilman-at-large Division B: Paul Johnston and Scott Walker, Councilman District 2: Melinda Doucet, State Senator 9th District: J. Cameron Henry and Jon Frankie Hyers, State Representative 82nd District: Charles A Henry and Trey Mustian, Associate Justice Supreme Court, 1st District: Richard Ducote, Hans Liljeberg, and Scott Schlegel. Each candidate will have 5 uninterrupted minutes to speak about their history, qualifications, and their platform for their candidacy. After all candidates have been given their time to speak we will open the floor for our members to ask questions. Please give some thoughts in advance for the questions you would like to ask our candidates. This is a very important meeting to attend because this is our last chance to meet the candidates face to face before Election Day. We have been extremely fortunate for so many candidates to accept our invitation to our forum and STCA wants to make it worth their time and effort with a huge attendance. We thank you in advance for all of your support. 

Our September 10, 2019 meeting will take place at Jefferson Playground Golden Age Center (4100 South Drive). The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. We appreciate any and all desserts provided by members and thank you in advance for your contributions. 

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for Oct 15, 2019 NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME PARTY. We will have a band for entertainment, face painting for the kiddos, hot dogs, chile, nachos and cheese, snowball machine, popcorn machine, JPSO  and my favorite is all the neighbors gathering together to take a bite out of crime. 

For our November 12 meeting we are doing our best to secure Jefferson Parish fire department specialists to educate us on fire safety.

Looking forward to seeing you all on September 10 for our candidates forum.

Lisa G Loup

President

Suburban Terrace Civic Association