Crimestoppers Awards Luncheon

Press Release: May 19, 2009

Amite - Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is proud to announce its’ 1st Annual Awards Luncheon. “The Luncheon is to honor those who have supported our Mission & Vision in 2008 – 2009. Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa Mission is to develop Crime Stoppers as an effective crime-solving organization throughout Tangipahoa Parish, the State of Louisiana, the United States of America, and the world, with the primary objective of the tri-partite organization (Community, Media and Law Enforcement) being “Working Together to Solve Crime”. Our Vision is to create a safe, secure world, through justice, for our children and children's children.” states Jodie W. Powell, CEO/Executive Director. “We feel that it is very important to recognize the people in our parish who have helped us grow and who have supported our commitment to public safety through their own actions.”

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa has seen the number of Tip calls they receive increase from around 55 calls a month to 168 calls per month since January. Year to date Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa has paid out over 13,000 in rewards, have opened 67 cases and assisted in 57 arrests. The organization has also assisted in recovery of over 16,700 in stolen property and in the seizure of over $30,250 in narcotics. “I am very pleased about our numbers so far this year. We have already surpassed where we were in tips and arrests this time last year. I am glad that Crime Stoppers can be of such service to the communities throughout Tangipahoa.” states Ms. Powell.

The Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa 1st Annual Awards Luncheon will be held Friday, June 19th at Chesterton Square in Ponchatoula. The doors will open at 11:30 and Lunch will begin promptly at noon. Tickets are $50.00 per person and a variety of sponsorships are available. The proceeds from this event will go to the support of Crime Stoppers general fund and to the promotion and growth of its community service and awareness programs. For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Jodie Powell by phone at 985-634-0590 or email . Tickets will also be for sale at the Amite, Hammond, and Ponchatoula Chambers of Commerce.

As Always, if you have information to share on a crime please call our tip line 1-800-554-5245. It is completely anonymous.

Thank you for your support of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa!

Jodie W. Powell
CEO/Executive Director
313 E. Oak Street
Amite, LA 70422
Office/Fax: 985-748-4164
Cell: 985-634-0590
Tip Line:
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2973
Hammond, LA 70404
Email Address:

Hurricane Preparedness for the Person with Diabetes

Public Service Announcement

Contact: Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto, North Oaks Communications Coordinator
Phone: (985) 230-6555
Date: May 18, 2009

For Immediate Release/May 13, 2009…………………………… Pull June 4, 2009

North Oaks Diabetes Support Group Presents
“Hurricane Preparedness for the Person with Diabetes”

[HAMMOND, LA]—Food safety tips and steps to help with disaster planning for hurricane season will be the focus of the North Oaks Diabetes Support Group at its Wednesday, June 3 meeting.

The free meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center in Meeting Room C, located within North Oaks Diagnostic Center in Hammond. North Oaks Dietetic Intern Desiree Dupuis will share tips on hurricane preparation, including information people with diabetes should have on hand, proper storage techniques and other essentials to emergency preparedness planning.

About 8 percent of the U.S. population, roughly 23.6 million individuals, live with diabetes, and many reside in areas commonly affected by hurricanes. This class is designed to give those individuals the necessary information to protect themselves if necessary.

Registration for North Oaks Diabetes Support Group meeting is not required. For more information about this support group and other services of North Oaks Diabetes Education, call North Oaks Community Education at (985) 230-5723.


Preventing Swine Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Contact: Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto, North Oaks Communications Coordinator
Phone: (985) 230-6555
Date: April 27, 2009
For Immediate Release

Preventing Swine Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

[HAMMOND, LA]—Although no cases of swine flu have been reported in Louisiana at this time, North Oaks officials are working with local and state health authorities to monitor the outbreak in the U.S. and respond if necessary.

While there is not a vaccine available to protect against swine flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm that there are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like the flu:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you get sick with the flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
• Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu. According to the CDC, they include fever, cough, sore throat, lack of appetite, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider. He or she can determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed.

For the latest information about swine flu or any travel advisories, visit the CDC website at

About North Oaks Health System

North Oaks Health System is a community-based hospital organization with nearly 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, serving the Florida Parishes since 1960. Facilities include the 259-bed North Oaks Medical Center, 27-bed North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital, North Oaks Heart Health Center (located within North Oaks Medical Center), North Oaks Diagnostic Center, North Oaks Hospice Agency, North Oaks Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Oaks Cardiology, North Oaks ENT & Allergy, North Oaks Family Medicine Clinics, North Oaks Occupational Health Services Clinic, North Oaks Orthopedic Clinic, North Oaks Pulmonology, North Oaks Specialty Clinic, North Oaks Walk-In Clinics and Northshore Internal Medicine Associates. For more information about North Oaks, please visit our website at or call (985) 230-6647. To find a physician, please call (985) 230-DOCS (3627) or visit our online Medical Staff Directory on our website.


Swine Flu Letter
Swine Flu Pushcard

Tangipahoa Parish Cancer Support Group to Meet

Public Service Announcement

Contact: Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto, North Oaks Communications Coordinator
Phone: (985) 230-6555
Date: May 18, 2009/Pull May 21, 2009

For Immediate Release

Tangipahoa Parish Cancer Support Group to Meet

[HAMMOND, LA]—The Tangipahoa Parish Cancer Support Group will meet to discuss issues, topics and questions of importance to participants on Thursday, May 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital Classroom, located within the North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital in Hammond.

This meeting is free and open to people coping with all types of cancer, as well as their family members 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.

Registration for Tangipahoa Parish Cancer Support Group meetings is not required. For more information about the support group, call the North Oaks Outpatient Infusion Therapy Unit at (985) 230-1660 between the hours of 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.


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