1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime

Press Release: 07/15/09
Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa
Amite, LA

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa in partnership with the Downtown Development District of Hammond, the Ponchatoula Jaycees, Target, and Bell Foods is proud to announce the 1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 4th from 4:00PM to 9:00 PM in downtown Hammond, Louisiana. “We are putting on this parish event in conjunction with the National Night Out also on August 4th. The event will be free to the public. We wanted to have a night where all of our Tangipahoa Parish residents could come out and see all of the public safety, crime prevention, and crime awareness resources that Tangipahoa has to offer. We will have various demonstrations from local law enforcement such as the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9s and their Mounted Division. There will also be many vehicles, fire trucks, and safety equipment on display. The Hammond Police Department will be partnering with the SLU Police Department to do child finger printing and Child ID Kits. Home Land Security, Ponchatoula PD, and the Hammond Fire Department will also be participating in addition to many more public safety groups and organizations. This will be the first event of its kind in our parish and our hope is that the parish-wide community will be out in full force that night to take a step toward preventing crime in Tangipahoa” states Jodie Powell, CEO/Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa. Ms. Powell also states, “We will have face painting, spacewalks, and many children’s activities that night in addition to live music and free food. It will be an event not to be missed!” Tangipahoa Night Out will open to the public at 4:00PM and end at 9:00PM. The public will be asked to register when they arrive to receive their food coupons. This event is not a fundraiser and Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is seeking in-kind and monetary donations to cover the cost of the event. If you or your organization are interested in participating in the event, providing volunteers, or sponsoring please contact Jodie Powell at 985-634-0590 or by email tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com.



Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is a nonprofit corporation that works in partnership with the community, media, and law enforcement to solve crimes. If you have information to share about a crime please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa anonymous Tip Line 1-800-554-5245. You will never be asked for your name and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest and or conviction.

Jodie W. Powell
CEO/Executive Director
313 E. Oak Street
Amite, LA 70422
Office/Fax: 985-748-4164
Cell: 985-634-0590
Tip Line:
1-800-554-5245(JAIL)
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2973
Hammond, LA 70404
Email Address:
tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com
 

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1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime

Press Release: July 29, 2009
Amite- Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa
1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 4th, 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Downtown Hammond

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, the Ponchatoula Jaycees, the DDD Hammond, Target and Bell Foods would like to remind the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish about the 1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime. This parish-wide event will be located in Downtown Hammond for its first year. “My partners and I are thrilled to have had such a great response and willingness to participate in our Night Out event from the Tangipahoa parish community. We have over 42 booth participants as of today. It will be an event not to miss”, states Jodie Powell, CEO/Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa.

Doris Sellers of the Ponchatoula Jaycees says, “I hope that the citizens of Tangipahoa will embrace this event. Our parish has so many public safety, crime awareness and drug prevention resources available. We are proud to showcase all of these resources in one location for the public to see.”

The Tangipahoa Night Out will open to the public at 4 pm with Detective Fish playing on stage until 5:30. The opening ceremony will take place at 5:30 and the closing ceremony will be at dark. Ellis Bignar and the Petrified Hearts will play from 6 until 9:00pm. Kajun 107.1 will be doing a live remote and KSLU Radio as well. We ask that the public register to receive their food and beverage coupons when they arrive. Inner Parish Security Corporation and Spacewalk of Hammond will be providing a blow up slide and spacewalk for the children and Bedico Baptist Church Youth Group will hand out free snowballs. Fidelity Homestead Bank is sponsoring safety whistle light key chains to hand out to the public and Gator Graphics has donated T-shirts. Bell Foods and the TPSO will be donating Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. We will also have pizza donated by Agape Pizzeria, Rotolo’s Pizzeria, and Dominos Pizza. The Tangipahoa Office of Homeland Security will be bringing their mobile command unit and handing out water.

In addition to the free music and food there will be free horse rides provided by the TPSO, K-9 demonstrations by the Troop L of the Louisiana State Police the TPSO. Target will be handing out balloons donated by the DDD, beach balls, and doing face painting. There will be Neighborhood Watch information and signs distributed by the Ponchatoula PD and TPSO. SLU PD will also be assisting in a self defense demonstration and partnering with the Hammond PD in doing Child ID kits and fingerprinting. The Hammond, Natalbany, and Ponchatoula Fire Departments will have many Fire Trucks on display and will be doing fire extinguisher and smoke alarm demonstrations as well. CAS, DARE, CAMP, Southeast Spouse Abuse and Tri-parish Victims Assistance will also be handing out their program information in addition to many other participants from various agencies around Tangipahoa.

Step up and Step Out Against Crime!

For More information on how to participate in the 1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime call Jodie Powell at 985-634-059 or email tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com .

If you have information to share about a crime please call our anonymous Tip Line 1-800-554-5245. You will never be asked for your name and you may be eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.





Back To School Resource Fair

For Immediate Release: July 9, 2009

City of Hammond, 303 East Thomas Street, Hammond, Louisiana 70401

City court Judge Grace Bennett Gasaway and Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Mark Kolwe announced today the first annual "Back to School Resource Fair" for all parents and children in our 7th Ward Schools.

Judge Gasaway said "Our primary goal is to empower all the students in the 7th Ward to return to school on August 13th for the first day of  school." The resource fair will be held in Ponchatoula on July 30th at the Ponchatoula Community Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The fair will then move to Hammond onJuly 31st at the Hammond Westside Primary School Campus from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Superintendent Kolwe stated "These resource fairs will allow our parents and students an opportunity to receive vital school information which will prepare the children for the first day of school and encourge attendence."

Many agencies from throughout the parish will present at the fairs, including the City Court of Hammond Juvenile System, TADAC, CAS,  United Way, Tangipahoa Parish School System, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, 21st District Attorney Office, Hammond Police Department and Ponchatoula Police Department. Representatives from these agencies will be on hand to answer any questions people may have about services for youth and families in our community.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Beth Moulds at the TPSS or Guy Recotta, Jr. at the City Court of Hammond. 

Charter Communications "Let Freedom Ring"

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FOR RELEASE: Monday June 29, 2009


Charter’s “Let Freedom Ring” -- Free Long Distance Calls
July 7-8 Make 10-Minute LD Calls from Charter Offices

Hammond, Louisiana – Charter Communications will extend our nation’s Independence Day celebration with free 10-minute long distance calls to anywhere in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico for free Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7 and 8 from 10am to 3 p.m. at Charter offices in Hammond located at 701 Westin Oaks Drive.

“Celebrating the holiday that marks our nation’s freedom and independence seemed an appropriate time to provide folks “freedom” from local and long distance charges and independence to choose a less costly phone service with Charter Telephone®,” said Aimee Pfannenstiel, Vice President and General Manager of Charter’s Tennessee and Louisiana operations. “Charter Telephone offers unlimited local and long distance calling at one low monthly price, providing consumers with a great value during these challenging economic times.”

On July 7 and 8, Charter offices will be letting “freedom ring” by offering free 10-minute long distance calls, games, prizes and snacks from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for all residents.

Charter Communications is committed to being a part of the communities it serves. Charter provides an advanced network on which residential and commercial customers rely for their communications needs, while delivering value to all its customers by offering high-quality products and services, backed up by superior customer care.

Charter Offers Students a Fast Track Back to School Computer Use Has Become Critical Educational Tool

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FOR RELEASE: Wednesday July 29, 2009


Charter Offers Students a Fast Track Back to School
Computer Use Has Become Critical Educational Tool

Hammond, LA – Most educators around the country agree that a student’s computer knowledge and use, both in-school as well as at-home, are rapidly becoming the primary components in their ability to stay ahead of the learning curve in school.

Charter Communications knows how valuable a tool high-speed Internet is to students. On Monday, August 3rd, Charter will host a “Back to School Learning Experience,” at Charter offices in Hammond located at 701 Westin Oaks Drive.

“We know that students place a high value on their computer in the learning process,” said Aimee Pfannenstiel, Vice President and General Manager of Charter’s Tennessee and Louisiana operations. “Having the fastest download speeds, security protection, wireless options and network reliability is extremely important to them.” Charter’s August 3rd event will focus on the entire family; providing Internet surfing tips and demonstrating the benefits High-Speed Internet service can bring to the academic experience.

Charter’s “Back to School Learning Experience” will also feature games, prizes and snacks from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Charter customers and the community are invited to attend.

Charter Communications is committed to being a part of the communities it serves. Charter provides an advanced network on which residential and commercial customers rely for their communications needs, while delivering value to all its customers by offering high-quality products and services, backed up by superior customer care.



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About Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter Digital Cable® video entertainment programming, Charter High-Speed® Internet access, and Charter Telephone®. Charter Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services, and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. On March 27, 2009, Charter filed a pre-arranged plan and Chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Charter believes its operations are strong and expects to continue operating as usual during the financial restructuring. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.



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Corps of Engineers planning huge contracting push in next few months

Corps of Engineers planning huge contracting push in next few months
Posted by dbroach June 27, 2009 22:30PM

Over the next several months, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to advertise three dozen construction contracts that could cost upwards of $3 billion more than it has spent since Hurricane Katrina in its increasingly problematic race to provide the New Orleans area with extra hurricane protection by the 2011 storm season.

So vast and compressed is the construction schedule that corps representatives have advised contractors to consider importing out-of-state labor, lining up temporary housing for employees and working around the clock. Some job sites might have as many as four companies working elbow to elbow and sharing access routes.

"It'll be like trying to fit the Saints' defensive line in the back seat of a Volkswagen," said Christopher Dunn, the corps' structural engineering section chief. "But we all have to work together to get this mission accomplished. We have to take some extraordinary measures."

Corps leaders have said they intended to award 100 construction contracts in 2009. But midway through the year only nine have been executed, and they now acknowledge that not all the construction required for the levee system's $14.7 billion overhaul can be finished in the next two years.

Locations of jobs the Corps plans to advertise. Map

Still, they are banking on lots of continuing help from other corps districts in the United States and very aggressive construction schedules, similar to those used to repair and temporarily strengthen the system after Hurricane Katrina. Their hope is to get enough work done by the deadline that the system is able to protect from a "100 year" hurricane, a relatively modest storm with a 1percent chance of occurring in any year.

"June 1, 2011, is our deadline, and failure is not an option," Cindy Nicholas, a corps contracting projects chief, said. "We have lots of projects coming out, one after the other, fast and furious."

Nicholas was one of the corps representatives who addressed several hundred contractors gathered recently for an overview of 39 upcoming projects scattered about Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles and St. Bernard parishes.
She said providing the new protection on schedule is so critical that the speed at which contractors can work will be a key element in determining which bidder gets each job.

"Duration is a new criteria," she said, adding that technical approach and past performance also are more important than price in winning these contracts. "Cost isn't the driving factor here; 2011 is."

Since Katrina, the corps has completed 146 local projects worth about $1.2 billion, according to the latest figures available. That includes construction of interim floodgates and pump stations in all three outfall canals on the east bank of New Orleans and widespread repairs to the damaged levee system.

Currently the agency has 34 contracts worth $2.6 billion in the field, including the $700 million plus contract that was awarded last year to Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure to build the world's largest surge barrier across the Industrial Canal in New Orleans.

Of the 39 projects next scheduled for advertising, 36 are part of the 100year
protection plan. The others are part of the decade old Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project to improve internal drainage and were accelerated by Congress after Katrina.

But it's impossible to predict how much the corps will ultimately pay for the next round of work. It depends in large measure on the going rate for labor and materials, as well as the cost of any extraordinary measures used.

The corps has assigned such a wide range of estimates for the 39 jobs that the cumulative cost ranges from a low of about $1.1 billion to almost $4 billion.

One of the unknowns is the labor supply. The building of surge barriers on the Industrial Canal, for example, already is absorbing major resources from the local market and the world's largest pump station will soon go under construction in West Jefferson,    corps representatives said.

"So how will you get all your materials and subcontractors? Hopefully we're drawing people from around the country to get this work done," James Widmer, corps assistant construction management chief, told contractors.

Additionally, the corps is taking the unusual step of stockpiling steel sheet piling now, in an effort to jumpstart work and ensure an adequate supply of the high demand material. It also is challenging local suppliers to increase their stock, extend their hours of operation and add employees and equipment necessary to "support the construction effort."

Some projects pose special challenges, depending on their proximity to infrastructure and waterways.

Contracts near airports will have height restrictions, and runway use could be curtailed when sheet pilings are being driven. Much of the work on water based projects will be done from barges and other floating bases with limited access, all the while maintaining marine traffic. And construction on, under or near bridges and highways must keep rail and vehicular traffic moving and not impede an evacuation if a hurricane threatens.

"Most evacuation routes will be under construction at the same time," Dunn said.

A few new levees will be built in environmentally sensitive marshes, and multiple projects will incorporate special procedures to protect endangered and threatened wildlife.

Throughout the protection system, contractors will be removing relatively small pieces existing levees and floodwalls in order to build new ones, and every contractor must have a corps approved emergency plan for plugging those gaps if a storm threatens.

"Don't give us a pile of sandbags as your plan, or we won't consider your proposal," corps structural engineer Mark Gonski said.
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Sheila Grissett can be reached at sgrissett@timespicayune.com or 504.717.7700.

Crimestoppers Press Release

Press Release: 07/17/09

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa

Amite

Jodie Powell CEO/Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is very proud to announce to the public that Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is online! Thank you to Andre Savoie of We Simplify the Internet for bringing www.tangicrimestoppers.com to life. Andre donated his services to our organization and we are very grateful. This site is beautiful and easy to use. The public will be able to view our most wanted, upcoming events, and will also be able to submit tips on line anonymously through our secure system. There are many useful links to parish,government, local law enforcement and local media. There is also a lot of great information about our community programs. We will be growing the site over the next few months but are pleased to have it live and available to the public.

I would also like to remind the public of the upcoming 1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday , August 4th from 4:00PM to 9:00PM in Downtown Hammond. The event is free to the public and is being hosted by the Ponchatoula Jaycees, the DDD Hammond, Bell Foods, Target, and Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa. If you would like to provide a service, volunteer, or sponsor the event please visit our website www.tangicrimestoppers.com under breaking news for registration forms and sponsorship information or contact Jodie Powell 985-634-0590 or email tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com .

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is a non profit corporation that works in partnership with the community, media, and law enforcement to solve crimes. If you have information to share about a crime please call our anonymous tip line 1-800-554-5245(JAIL). You may be eligible for a cash reward.


Jodie W. Powell
CEO/Executive Director
313 E. Oak Street
Amite, LA 70422
Office/Fax: 985-748-4164
Cell: 985-634-0590
Tip Line:
1-800-554-5245(JAIL)
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2973
Hammond, LA 70404
Email Address:
tangicrimestoppers@gmail.com

CULINARY ARTS SERIES 2009

This year's Culinary Arts Series dinners will be held August 3, 17, 31. Tickets- $50 per person for one dinner, $140 for all three dinners-will go on sale Tuesday July 7. Reserved tables of six-for one dinner or for all three- will be available. All dinners will be held in the gallery of the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., in downtown Hammond. The doors will open at 6 pm, with dinner starting at 6:30.  


For tickets, call the Arts Center at 985-542-7113 during offcie hours:
1-5pm, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-3pm, Saturday.
Seating is limited, so call today

FREE SEMINAR LUNCH & LEARN FIBROMYALGIA


IF YOU SUFFER FROM PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH FINROMYALGIA, THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU!!!!!!!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH-NOON
Don's Seafood Restaurant
1915 S. Morrison Blvd-Hammond


ALL AMERICAN MEDICAL & CHIROPRATIC
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Shelly D.C.

For reservations call today
985-350-6110
Limited to first 30 callers

KIDS LEARN TO BE FIT THROUGH SUMMER CAMP


The Kids 'R' Us Early Learning Center, operated by TARC, is pleased to announce that registration is underway for summer "Edventure" camp. Children ages two to six are invited to participate in fitness and learning activities at Kids 'R' Us from June 1 through July 31. The camp will feature activities in a computer lab, and exercise with the Wii Fit gaming system. Kids 'R' Us is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Edventure" Camp is made possible through a Unified Summer Grant Collaborative with United Way.

The Mission of TARC is to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to realize their full potential, fulfill their gifts and talents, and become self-directed and contributing citizens. TARC seeks to empower clients with special needs through various services, including: early intervention for children from birth to age three, independent living support for children and adults, and the Kids ‘R’ Us Early Learning Center. Contact Tracey Rhodes, Community Relations Director at 985.345.8811 for more information, or send a message to trhodes@tarc-hammond.com. TARC is proud to be a United Way partner agency.
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Tracey Rhodes
Community Relations Director
985.345.8811
TARC | Serving people with disabilities and their families.
408 North Cypress Street
Hammond, LA 70401


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