Judge Grace Bennett Gasaway announces Amnesty 2009


For more information contact:

Guy Recotta, Jr., Clerk of Court (985) 542-3456


Judge Grace Bennett Gasaway announces Amnesty 2009

Hammond, LA - If you have an outstanding warrant from the City Court of Hammond and want a chance to clear it from your record, you may appear at the City Court Clerk’s Office at 303 East Thomas Street, 2nd Floor, between March 2nd and March 6th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.

If you personally appear, the court will recall the warrant and allow you to pay your ticket without a warrant fee. Also, the clerk’s office will assist you in obtaining your reinstatement papers required by DMV if your license has been suspended.

Judge Gasaway urges anyone with a warrant to take advantage of this amnesty program. For more information call the City Clerk of Court’s Office at 542-3455.

Special Olympics Louisiana

February 11, 2009


Baton Rouge, LA - The weekend of March 6th – 8th will offer fun events for the whole family to attend. The weekend will be filled with something for everyone including Freezin’ for a Reason at the 1st Annual Polar Plunge and the 2009 State Indoor Games.

The night of March 6th will begin the 2009 State Indoor Games weekend hosting Basketball and Bowling events for nearly 600 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes. Friday night will be the Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pm at BREC, Independence Park Theatre featuring the arrival of the Olympic torch, the Parade of Athletes, and lighting of the Olympic Flame of Hope. Several distinguished guests will be present including, Tom Sanderman, Clay Young, Isaiah Nelson and numerous sponsor representatives. The games will take place all weekend in Baton Rouge. Saturday, all sporting competitions will take place and highlights include the Special Smiles and Health Promotion disciplines of Healthy Athletes, Olympic Town and the ever popular nigh time dance! Competitions will conclude on Sunday afternoon.

Take the plunge, Saturday, March 7th beginning at 9am at the Denham Springs, Bass Pro Shops. Join the 1st Annual Polar Plunge. If you are already going to be freezin’, shouldn’t you be Freezin’ for a Reason? Anyone can plunge for a minimum of $50.00, if you are too chicken to take the plunge, pay extra to sit in the chicken coop or pay for someone else to go jump in the lake! Come take the plunge and change the life of someone in your area with an intellectual disability. Pre-registration is preferred. The FUNdraiser will end once all participants have taken the plunge!

We encourage every one of all ages to cheer or participate in at least one of the events. All events are free and open to public viewing. For a detailed schedule of events please log onto www.laso.org.

Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round programs for 12,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 12,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit www.laso.org.

North Oaks Health System March Calendar

Prenatal I Class: Families Under Construction—Free
Mar. 3, 6 p.m.
This class focuses on preparing your home for your newborn, pregnancy anatomy, true and false labor, as well as hospital procedures.

Car Seat Fitting Station—Free
Certified child passenger safety technicians are available by appointment to install child passenger safety seats and boosters and provide instruction to ensure the safe transport of children of all ages.
Mar. 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Apr. 2, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
North Oaks Diagnostic Center in Hammond
By appointment only. Call (985) 230-7777 to schedule.

Prenatal II Class: Labor & Delivery—Free
Mar. 10, 6 p.m.
This class focuses on topics, including anesthesia, the four stages of labor and delivery, as well as vaginal and cesarean births.

Breastfeeding Class—Free
Mar. 12, 6 p.m.
This class is for parents who may be considering breastfeeding or who have already decided to breastfeed their baby. Topics include positioning the baby properly, nutrition, pumping and storing breastmilk, and the benefits of breastfeeding.

Prenatal III Class: Relaxation Techniques—Free
Mar. 17, 6 p.m.
This class focuses on the many techniques available to aid the laboring mother through childbirth, such as imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, massage, various breathing techniques and position changes.

Prenatal IV Class: Baby Care (& Tour)—Free
Mar. 24, 6 p.m.
This class explores topics, such as the postpartum recovery period and caring for your newborn.

Prenatal V Class: American Heart Association CPR for Family & Friends— $5
Mar. 31, 6 p.m.
This class teaches adult, child and infant CPR and preventing common injuries and choking.

CPR and First Aid Classes:

American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR—$20 (for medical professionals)
Mar. 5, 5 p.m.
Apr. 2, 5 p.m.
This American Heart Association class is designed for health care providers. It provides a lecture on cardiovascular health and risk factors; and demonstrations of American Heart Association basic life support techniques for choking victims, rescue breathing and CPR for adults, children and infants. Participants are introduced to and participate in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Participants must successfully complete manikin check off, AED simulation and a written exam in order to successfully complete this certification. (Minimum 4 hours)

American Heart Association Heartsaver AED CPR Class—$15 (for the layperson)
Mar. 19, 5 p.m.
This class incorporates demonstrations of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving techniques for choking, rescue breathing and CPR for adults, children, and infants. Participants are introduced to and participate in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Participants must successfully complete manikin check off and AED simulation in order to successfully complete this certification. (Minimum 4 hours)

Support Group Meetings:

Diabetes Support Group:
Embracing Your Taste and Sipping in Style
Mar. 3, 3 p.m.
Apr. 8, 6 p.m.
This support group is designed for those with diabetes, along with their family members and friends, to share experiences, motivate each other, energize their outlook and renew their commitment. The group is facilitated by North Oaks Diabetes Education, which is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Diabetes Education by the American Diabetes Association. Meetings are held monthly.

Northlake Area Transplant Support Group
Mar. 5, 7 p.m.
Apr. 2, 7 p.m.
This support group is designed for individuals, who have had or are waiting for an organ transplant, and their loved ones. Meetings are held monthly.

Tangipahoa Bipolar Support Group
Mar. 5, 7 p.m.
Mar. 12, 7 p.m.
Mar. 19, 7 p.m.
Mar. 26, 7 p.m.
Apr. 2, 7 p.m.
Apr. 9, 7 p.m.
This support group is open to anyone who is diagnosed with a mood disorder, has a family member or friend who is diagnosed, or thinks they might have depression or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). Confidential, peer-led meetings are held weekly.

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Support Group
Mar. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 9, 6:30 p.m.
This support group is designed for men and women to help them lose weight and keep it off. Meetings are held weekly.

Families Touching Families: Filling the Gap
Mar. 14, 10 a.m.
Mar. 28, 10 a.m.
This support group is designed for children who are separated from their parents due to incarceration, divorce, separation or disaster situations. Meetings are held monthly.

La Leche League Support Group
Mar. 17, 6 p.m.
This support group is designed for mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. It provides a forum for the sharing of information and mutual encouragement while complementing the professional medical care of each mother and baby. Meetings are held monthly.

Tangipahoa Parish Cancer Support Group
Mar. 19, 2 p.m.
This support group is open to all cancer patients and survivors, as well as their family members, caregivers and friends. Monthly meetings are led by North Oaks registered nurses and a licensed clinical social worker through a partnership with the American Cancer Society on the third Thursday of the month. The meeting format is designed to encourage open discussion about the issues, topics and questions of most importance to participants. Meetings are held in the North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital Classroom.

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