Crimestoppers Guarantee Fair Elections

HAMMOND---Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster and Police Chief Roddy Devall announced Monday the City has entered into a partnership with Crimestoppers of Tangipahoa Parish to guarantee fair elections this fall.

Foster said Crimestoppers will offer a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of individuals who are involved in vote buying and illegal election-related activities leading up to the Nov. 4 general election.

Foster said the City is taking this proactive measure to ensure "a fair election process."

"The City of Hammond is committed to providing a safe and desireable place to live and one way we can do that is by creating an environment where crime in Hammond is not tolerated. We thank Crimestoppers for their willingness to help us achieve this goal," Foster said.

Crimestoppers of Tangipahoa Parish is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving crimes and making Tangipahoa Parish a safer place in which to live. Crimestoppers partners with law enforcement agencies throughout the parish to provide cash rewards for informants, upon the successful capture and conviction of criminals. All calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous.

Individuals who may have information about illegal activities related to the Nov. 4 election in Hammond should contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-554-JAIL (5245).

Expo all about Networking

By Brennan David

Businesses and customers got to network Thursday at the new and improved Hammond Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

The goal was to attract local families and businesses to the afternoon event so that businesses would meet with clients and customers, said chamber spokesperson Michelle Gallo, and it was just that.

Participants began arriving at 3 p.m., jumping from row to row with plastic bags ready to inquire about more than 70 local businesses and the free merchandise they had to offer.

Veterinarian Peter Grout was able to meet and greet potential customers as they strolled the long rows of displays. An Amite veterinarian, he recently started his own business, Stirling Home Veterinary Associ-ates, offering in-home medical care for small animals.

“It’s back to the future in a way,” he said. “People are becoming more interested in service these days, so we come to your house and take care of most medical needs without the additional stress of transporting the animal.”

Transporting and mixing small animals with large animals in waiting rooms could amount to more stress for sick pets, he said.The expo provided him the opportunity to get his message out.

Down the aisle from Grout, Holistic Health Services owner Michelle Brister meet briefly with Quad VETS Program Director Todd Doctor. Quad Area Community Action Agency will open a large homeless veterans center in the next year, and Doctor said he wanted to learn more about Brister’s service.

Linda Ryan was also networking, looking to find new customers for her

Shining Stars Vending company. Ryan said she joined the chamber for the added exposure, but she joined to late to reserve a spot at the expo.

Instead, she and her daughter, Ashley Worsham, strolled the rows of businesses and participants and handed out business cards.

At the front entrance of the University Center, Ella Badon of Ponchatoula entered as a potential customer, wanting to know where the display for energy efficient windows would be located.

“The windows I have now are almost 40 years old,” she said. “I’m just wasting my money. It feels like I am outside when I go into my bathroom.”

She and her two friends were there to learn more about what the local community had to offer, and it’s a good way to spend some time, she added.

Many of the displays offered fun games or some sort of video that advertised products to entice participants to their booths. The Wal-Mart Supercenter had a Nintendo Wii set up and ready to play, while some businesses offered traditional spinning wheels or throw games.

On the back row, Orkin representative Minor Harwell allowed participants to hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach named “Hissy,” that he said customers both love and hate.

“Good afternoon, can I bug you for a little bit,” he said as customers approached.

Harwell said the large cockroach is not meant to scare potential customers into purchasing services, and is instead used at local schools as a fun visual for students.

At 5:30 p.m., participants made their way to the back for the Taste of Hammond segment, where free entree samples were provided by local restaurants, caterers and distributors.

Ham'nd Eggs! Be a Host!

BREAKING NEWS: The Hammond Chamber’s 2009 Calendar for Ham'nd Eggs is OPEN!

After Hours slots are completely full but there are a few Ham’nd Eggs available.
 Ham’nd Eggs is the 1st Wednesday of every month. Cost is $300 + food & entertainment.

If you are interested in hosting a Ham'nd Eggs event, please send your request via fax (345-4749) or email ( with the month you would like to sponsor. Requests MUST be in writing.
Available on a first come/first serve basis.

North Oaks Health System selected for "Best Places to Work" List for 2008

[HAMMOND, LA]—New Orleans CityBusiness, a regional business publication, has selected North Oaks Health System as one of 50 “Best Places to Work” in the Greater New Orleans area.

North Oaks is one of 35 large companies selected and the only organization recognized from Tangipahoa Parish. Additionally, North Oaks is among seven Northshore-based organizations included on the list.

Honorees were chosen based on how well they are taking care of their most important asset—their employees. Considerations were benefits offered, including average salary, health care, paid time off and employee programs, coupled with a brief employee telephone survey.

“This honor is a credit to our more than 2,600 employees, who truly make this a great place to work,” affirms North Oaks President/Chief Executive Officer James E. Cathey Jr. North Oaks is the second largest employer in Tangipahoa Parish.

All businesses selected will be honored on Dec. 12 in New Orleans and profiled in a special section of the Dec. 15 issue of CityBusiness.

For more information on CityBusiness’ Best Places to Work, visit For more information on employment opportunities with North Oaks Health System and benefits, visit or the North Oaks Employment Center, located in North Oaks North Plaza at 42161 Veterans Ave., Suite 100 in Hammond.

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